Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on Wednesday, shortly after Iran released ten US sailors it had captured the day before after they strayed into Iranian waters due to a technical malfunction, that his forces were ready to blow US warships out of the water.
Fadavi, of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) navy, warned that his forces were “awaiting orders” to shoot their coast-to-sea missiles at the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, which together with a French aircraft carrier and additional warships was maneuvering near Iranian waters, uncertain over the fate of the captive sailors.
“The USS Truman Aircraft carrier showed unprofessional moves for 40 minutes after the detention of the trespassers, while we were highly prepared with our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities” and were ready to strike, Fadavi said according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
“But we communicated an announcement through the international (radio) systems and prevented any further irresponsible moves by them,” he said. “Then they came to realize the IRGC Navy has the first and the last word in here.”
According to Fadavi, “the US and France’s aircraft carriers were within our range and if they had continued their unprofessional moves, they would have been afflicted with such a catastrophe that they had never experienced all throughout the history.”
“They could have been shot, and if they were, they would have been destroyed.”
The admiral emphasized that the IRGC “exercises Iran’s right of sovereignty powerfully” in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.