Navy of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution

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Army of the Guardians of
the Islamic Revolution


Supreme Leader of Iran
Senior officers
Military Branches
Aerospace Force
Ground Force
Quds Force
Missile Forces
Missile Forces
Ranks insignia
Baqiyatallah University
Iranian Revolution

The Navy of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution or Revolutionary Guards' Navy consists of 20,000 men and 1,500 boats and fast attack boats [1] separate from the regular Navy of Iran.[2]

It is also known to operate helicopters in support of maritime operations. Revolutionary Guards' Navy also operates 12+ Bavar 2 Seaplanes.


Watercraft: Total 50+[edit]


Coastal Anti-Ship Missiles[edit]


It is believed that the IRGC's Navy has facilities on the following islands:[4]

Notable operations[edit]

On 21 June 2004, eight sailors and Royal Marines were seized by forces of the Revolutionary Guards' Navy while training Iraqi river patrol personnel in the Persian Gulf.[5]

On 23 March 2007, fifteen sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Cornwall were seized by forces of the Revolutionary Guards' Navy in the Persian Gulf.[6]

Iranian boats 'harass' U.S. Navy

On 7 January 2008, US officials claimed five Iranian speedboats 'harassed' US navy vessels in the Persian Gulf. IRGC speedboats made threatening moves and in one case even came within 180 meters of US warships. The U.S. Navy claims to have also received a radio transmission from Iranian boats saying: "I am coming at you. You will explode in a couple of minutes". After this US ships were said to have taken up their gun positions and were ready to open fire at one of the boats when the Iranians turned away and one of the Iranian speedboats (allegedly) dropped white boxes into the water in front of the U.S. ships, it was not clear what was in the boxes.[7] Iranian officials and military commanders later downplayed the incidents as normal and denied to have sent those radio transmissions. After the US released a video showing Iranian speedboats swarming US ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran released their own video of the incident after suggesting the US video was staged.[8]

On February 25, 2015, was conducted war games exercise (Great Prophet IX) in the general area of Strait of Hormuz in Larak Island, Persian Gulf.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Iran Wars Episode 1: The gulf menace". RT English. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Consequences of a Strike on Iran: The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy" Global Bearings, 15 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Iran unveils seaplane used for attacks, surveillance". ynet. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  4. ^ John Pike. "Pasdaran - Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)". Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Timeline: UK-Iran relations". BBC News. 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  6. ^ "UK sailors captured at gunpoint". BBC News. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  7. ^ CNN Iranian boats 'harass' U.S. Navy, officials say 7 January 2008
  8. ^ Fars News Pentagon Video on Iran-US Confrontation a Clumsy Fake 9 January 2008
  9. ^ Lendon, Brad (27 February 2015). "Iran blasts mock U.S. carrier in war games". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Memri (1 March 2015). "IRGC Practices Destroying US Aircraft Carrier in Naval Maneuvers [VIDEO]". 
  11. ^ "IRGC Great Prophet 9 maneuver launched in Persian Gulf". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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