Farsi Island

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Jazireh-ye Farsi Lighthouse
Farsi Island is located in Iran
Farsi Island
LocationFarsi Island
Coordinates27°59′30″N 50°10′18″E / 27.99167°N 50.17167°E / 27.99167; 50.17167
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal tower
Markings / patternwhite and black horizontal band tower
Tower height23 metres (75 ft)
Focal height28 metres (92 ft)
Range16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 15s.
Admiralty numberD7455
NGA number29364[1][2]

Farsi Island (Persian: جزیره فارسیjazīreye fârsī) is a tiny, barren Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. There is an IRGC Navy base on this island. The island has an area of about 0.25 km2 (0.10 sq mi) and is restricted from the public. The center of Farsi Island is located at latitude 27° 59' 36" N and longitude 50° 10' 22" E. Its maximum elevation is 4 metres (13 ft). The word Farsi means "Persian".

In the late 1980s, during the "Tanker War" phase of the Iran–Iraq War, the IRGC used speedboats to launch attacks from Farsi Island on vessels of Iraq and its allies, including Kuwait.[3] The United States entered the Persian gulf to protect Kuwaiti oil shipments. Iran planted naval mines near Farsi Island on the route of the very first convoy, consisted of US navy vessels escorting the Kuwaiti oil tanker Bridgeton, which hit one of the mines.

On January 12, 2016, Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces stationed at the island apprehended two small vessels and their 10 U.S. Navy sailors after the latter entered Iranian waters.[4] The incident prompted talks between the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. State Department regarding their release.[5] All 10 sailors and their vessels were released unharmed the following morning.[6]

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  1. ^ Iran The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 3 October 2016
  2. ^ NGA List of Lights – Pub.112 Retrieved 3 October 2016
  3. ^ "Iranian boat attack tanker in Gulf". Washington Post (page A22). July 26, 1988.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Michael S.; Cooper, Helene (15 January 2016). "Defense Secretary Says U.S. Sailors Made Navigational Error Into Iranian Waters". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Iran-US Navy Dispute Live Updates: Iranian Military Holds 10 American Sailors On Iran's Farsi Island". International Business Times. 12 January 2016.
  6. ^ "US thanks Iran for swift release of 10 Navy sailors". British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 January 2016.

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Coordinates: 27°59′N 50°10′E / 27.99°N 50.17°E / 27.99; 50.17