IRGC 'Habib Rouhi' vessel intercepted 2 US warships in Gulf
Iran's new vessel was named after the late Habib Rouhi who was a service member of the IRGC's Quds forces.
IRGC's Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said on Monday that a new military vessel of the IRGC Naval forces intercepted two US warships that intended to sail into the Gulf on December 5.
The military official informed an audience during a cultural ceremony in Iran's northern province of Gilan that the vessel which was patrolling the area was the 'Habib Rouhi' - a brand new vessel manufactured domestically and was named after a late IRGC serviceman.
35 year old Habib Rouhi Chokami, from IRGC Quds Force killed during recent fighting in #Syria pic.twitter.com/E18t7kU5Su— Potkin Azarmehr (@potkazar) December 9, 2015
According to Tangsiri, the Habib Rouhi is a missile-launching warship with a range of 300 kilometers.
He said that as soon as the two US warships approached the entrance of the Gulf, the IRGC had ordered them to identify themselves.
The IRGC then ordered the two ships to sail away, which they did.
The commander added that US forces will continue to get “slapped in their faces” as long as they continue to pursue an aggressive and arrogant policy.
A similar incident was reported on December 2, when the US implored Tehran to release two unmanned research sea vessels which were confiscated in the Red Sea on August 30.
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