Iran’s naval commander highlights naval success - analysis

Irani said that Iran’s navy has been helpful in rescuing people at sea. He also highlighted its ethnic diversity.

Iranian Navy ships on a training exercise (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Iranian Navy ships on a training exercise
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Adm. Shahram Irani, head of the Iranian Navy, recently visited the Kurdish Region of Iran, where he is from. He was in Sanandaj, according to Iranian reports, where he spoke on a TV program and held other meetings.

He highlighted the navy’s recent successes and also encouraged Kurdish Iranian youth to be encouraged by these recent successes. Iran’s Kurdish community has been sidelined by the regime at times, and there are many Kurdish dissident groups that Iran has contended with.

However, unlike in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, the Kurds in Iran have not faced genocide and attempts to erase their identity or deny them citizenship.

“It is necessary for the people of Iran and the province of Kurdistan to know that we have been encouraged many times through international organizations to take some helpful action,” Irani was quoted as saying by Iran’s Fars News Agency and Tasnim News Agency.

The Iranian Navy has been helpful in rescuing people at sea, he said. He highlighted the diversity of Iran’s navy, adding that those who serve in the navy come from many ethnic groups in Iran.

“Our daily effort and strategy are to be able to hold our country’s flag in the best possible way and with high authority,” Irani said.

AN IRANIAN NAVY boat tackles a fire on an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week. (credit: TASNIM NEWS AGENCY)AN IRANIAN NAVY boat tackles a fire on an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week. (credit: TASNIM NEWS AGENCY)

Iran wants to expand and modernize its navy. However, Iran’s navy also lacks resources because of competition from the IRGC, which has its own naval units in Iraq. In recent years, the navy had setbacks, including a fire that sank one of its largest ships.

This year, the navy sent two ships on a long voyage to Russia to showcase Iran’s abilities. Irani “further called on the youth of Kurdistan, academics and scientists to step into this field and follow in their footsteps by gaining knowledge and awareness, because the space and platform for this are ready,” the report said. The admiral said the recent naval mission to Russia had covered some 45,000 km.

“I am very happy to be back in my hometown today,” Irani said in an interview with members of the media. “I kiss the hands of each and every one of the dear people of Kurdistan.”

This shows how Iran’s naval commander is able to emphasize his Kurdish background, in contrast to some nationalist media in Iraq, Turkey and Syria that often host anti-Kurdish views.

Iran wants to use its navy to build stronger relations with China, Russia and other countries. Although the Iranian Navy is no match for the US, Iran has frequently used it to show that it can threaten its enemies.

Recent tensions with Israel, for instance, led Iran to carry out attacks on commercial shipping. These attacks are often led by the IRGC, as opposed to Iran’s regular naval units.