Iran is going to continue its actions to deter attempts of the US Navy to violate Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf, Deputy Chief of Iran’s Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari stressed on December 24.
“The response of the Armed Forces and the Army of the Islamic Republic is that we will never allow them [US warships] to come near our territorial waters,” Sayyari said. “They cannot take any measure against us, because we are so prepared and have enough capabilities to stand up to such a publicity stunt.”
Sayyari expressed confidence that the US Navy does not have the courage to take any action against Iran. However, he added that any country is allowed to sail in international waters just as the Iranian Navy could sail in the high seas.
Earlier in December, the USS John C. Stennis returned to the region.
In 2018, the Russian Navy received 25 warships, boats and logistics vessels. Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate Admiral Gorshkov, Steregushchiy-class corvette Gromky, Ivan Gren-class large landing ship Ivan Gren, Buyan-class corvettes Vishniy Volochek, Orehovo-Zuevo and Mtishi were among the ships, which entered service with the Navy.