FARS News Agency is reporting that a senior commander in the IRGC is on the record for stressing naval readiness to the "highest state possible" during his address at the 17th annual meeting of select IRGCN personnel at Bandar Abbas.
"The Navy is the military basis of our defensive strategy in the region [Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman]" declared IRGC Deputy Commander General Hossein Salami.
Pointing to the significance of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in supplying global energy demands, and the presence of the foreign forces in the region, Salami stated: "The adversary [USA] has an extensive operational strategy in this region that is considered fundamental to its overall military-security. The adversary has changed its position from a strategic [passive defense] to operational [active offense] orientation. In such a context, naval forces have become an indispensable part of our strategy in the region."