Iran established a rapid mobilization force of volunteers in the Persian Gulf.

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Iran has set up a new naval force in the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s Naval Commander Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangseri says: “We have sucessfully established a rapid naval mobilization force (Basij) in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

Thousands of small to medium sized local merchant vessels, fishing boats and speedboats have been converted and outfitted with 107mm rockets and various other weapons.

This newly formed rapid naval volunteer force is an assymetric paramilitary force, consisting of 33.000 vessels in the Persian Gulf and 55.000 local volunteers among the fishermen and merchants. It also contains large ships that can sail as far as Tanzania.”

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