“The Naval Basij (force) should be quickly organized through the cooperation of the IRGC Navy and the Basij Organization,” Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Navy Brigadier General Ali Akbar Kharatiyan said on Saturday, addressing a conference in the Southern Iranian city of Bandar Abbas. General Kharatiyan underlined the high capabilities of Iran’s Basij force, and said that Basij should be empowered to boost the capabilities of the IRGC Navy.

“On the basis of the same plan,” he said, “some members of Basij will undergo specialized trainings in the field of naval defense and operations.”

Last week, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi hailed his forces for their excellent implementation of the IRGC’s short-term and long-term plans, and said the IRGC Navy enjoys active and continued deterrence power in the sea.