Iran determined to expel US aircraft carrier from regional waters: Navy chief

2023-12-12 17:10:59
Iran determined to expel US aircraft carrier from regional waters: Navy chief

The head of Iran’s Navy, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, says the country is determined to expel a major US aircraft carrier from the region, which was deployed under the pretext of preventing an escalation of the conflict in Palestine.

Irani said on Monday that the Iranian Navy has become a major influential force in the region, adding that the force will not buckle under extra-regional pressure.

He ruled out claims that USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has arrived in the region to change the military and political equations in the region.

“It should be said that they have come [to the region] to sow division and meet their own needs... we will soon force them out of the region,” said the commander while speaking in a gathering in Tehran that was focused on Iran’s maritime activities in its southeastern waters.

The comments come amid a fragile maritime situation in the region which many believe is a direct result of the conflict in Palestine where the Israeli regime has been involved in a relentless military campaign in the Gaza Strip for more than two months.

The United States dispatched two of its major aircraft carriers to the region right after the war in Gaza started on October 7. Washington said at the time that the warships had been sent to prevent a regional spread of the war and to protect Israel and allies against threats from other countries.

That comes as US navy forces have been unable to fend off attacks by Yemeni resistance forces on Israeli-linked ships that pass the Arab country’s ports in the Red Sea.

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