IRGC Navy announced today the creation of IRGCN Fifth Fleet responsible for the security of the Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf. The most important of the islands are Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb that are controlled by Iran, but claimed by the UAE. The new naval command or “zone” will be based at the port city of Bandar Lengeh on the mainland.
“The Fifth Zone of the Guards' naval force (IRGCN) is one of the naval defense chains which is in particular responsible for the defense of the Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf," said IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari during a ceremony inaugurating the new command. (IRIB, 4 November)
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Top: The three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb in Persian Gulf. (VOA)
Bottom: Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf (Fars News Agency)