“Iranian navy focuses on asymmetric tactics in Gulf, Hormuz area”

“Iranian navy focuses on asymmetric tactics in Gulf, Hormuz area”
November 23, 2009
     A report by the US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) stresses the importance of Iran’s ability to block the Strait of Hormuz and cut off almost 30% of the world’s oil supply. The report outlines the history, strategies and capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, which is mainly equipped with older and larger vessels, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, which is more politically powerful and focuses on smaller vessels to maneuver within the Persian Gulf area. The report concludes that Iran’s naval strategy is based on access denial and asymmetric warfare aimed at deterring attacks and damaging the political will of its stronger enemies (Office of Naval Intelligence).
     A previous analysis by Stratfor argued that Iran’s “real nuclear option” was its capacity to lay mines in the Strait of Hormuz (Stratfor). The ONI report states that Iran, which likely has at least 2,000 mines, first implemented its asymmetric naval doctrine in the Iran-Iraq War, when it limited foreign shipping to a narrow lane in the Persian Gulf and mined sea-lanes away from its own coast.
Office of Naval Intelligence | Stratfor

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