In a Saturday night interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Corporation (IRIB), a state-controlled Iranian media company that has a monopoly on domestic radio and television services in Iran, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said Iran had intentions for a strategic military presence in Gambia .
In part of the interview with the IRIB, the top Iranian military was asked why his country has developed a keen interest in a broader naval presence in the Atlantic.
“Our presence in the Atlantic is a response to American claims that Iran could never sail in the ocean,” replied Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi in his interview with IRIB on Saturday evening.
The Iranian Navy commander said the Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once urged his country’s navy to arrange plans for a presence in countries like Gambia, where Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi claims: “The US began to invade by force Prisoners as slaves centuries ago. “
“By the way, our flotilla was present on the coasts of this country, Gambia, last week,” indicated Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi.
The admiral’s remarks come when the Iranian naval base Makran and the frigate Sahand sail as the first mission of the Iranian Navy in the oceans in the Atlantic.
Khanzadi emphasized Iran’s ambitious naval presence in the Atlantic and on the African coasts, saying: “The presence of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which represents a country that supports the oppressed, such as Gambia, sends a special message.”
In recent years, the Iranian naval forces have increased their presence in international waters. Iran is often accused of attacking civilian ships flying the Israeli flag in the Indian Ocean and, to a lesser extent, in the United States
Boasting of Iran’s new naval capabilities, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said: “Given that African countries of the Atlantic do not have navies and therefore do not pose a threat to the US, and on the other hand European countries do not pose a threat to the US either, the presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran – that the fight against oppression is one of its principles – in the Atlantic worries the Americans. ”
Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced that his forces would receive new domestic equipment over the next few months, including a warship, a destroyer, a missile launch hovercraft and an ocean-going reconnaissance ship. The boost also includes a new missile-armed hovercraft in the Iranian month of Azar (November 22nd-December 21st), according to Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi.