Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Opens New Base on Hormuz Strait

September 24, 2020

Author: 

Patrick Sykes

Publication: 

Bloomberg

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) inaugurated the Shaheed Rahbari military base near the Iranian city of Sirik, which sits on the Strait of Hormuz. Major General Hossein Salami, the head of the IRGC, attended the ceremony. Iran's state-owned media reported that the base, which was under construction for six years, would give Iran "full control" of vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Meanwhile, the IRGC also flew a drone over the U.S.S. Nimitz, an aircraft carrier transiting the Strait.