The Islamic Republic News Agency or IRNA reported that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps on Thursday took delivery of over 100 small boats, manned torpedoes and other unconventional naval craft at its naval base at Bandar Abbas, the Iranian port at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The vessels are improved versions of Ashura, Tareq and Zolfaghar class boats manufactured by the Defense Ministry’s Marine Industries Organization and the Revolutionary Guard’s Naval Force, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The ceremony was also attended by Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami who said more than 95 percent of naval boats are being manufactured in Iran now.The United States says Revolutionary Guard’s vessels harass U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf and international waters in the region. The Guard’s boats often approach the vessels in what the U.S. calls a “dangerous and provocative” manner. President Trump has ordered the U.S. Navy to attack and destroy any Iranian vessel that harasses U.S. ships.