Iranian Navy Vs US Navy
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Iranian Navy Vs US Navy

The Iranian Navy or the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy to give it its full title has been an active navy since 1923 and is the smallest branch of the republics armed forces. It main roles are in ensuring the security of IranÂ’s ports and its coastline as well as looking after the interests of its shipping within the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian Navy or the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy to give it its full title has been an active navy since 1923 and is the smallest branch of the republics armed forces. It main roles are in ensuring the security of Iran’s ports and its coastline as well as looking after the interests of its shipping within the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian Navy has 28,000 personnel and consists mostly of just 5 frigates and 3 corvettes as its main surface fleet. A larger fleet of smaller fast attack craft and even 16 hovercrafts make up the remainder of its surface vessels. A complement of 26 submarines and 65 aircraft complete the firepower of the Iranian Navy.

The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran during the Second World War left the Iranian Navy at that time with very few serviceable ships.  The fleet was replaced by destroyers and frigates, with smaller vessels such as hovercraft and powerboats helping to make up the firepower. Much of this was supplied by the United States and United Kingdom. During the 1970’s Iran had planned to extend the role of its navy out into the Indian Ocean with four modern destroyers on order from the US, this order was never completed as the Shah of Iran fell from power in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The ships were instead commissioned into the US Navy.

Iran’s aging fleet of ships was largely replaced in the 1990’s by patrol boats and submarines by ships built by the Chinese, Russians and North Koreans. Iran does have three destroyers within its fleet, each of these vessels is over 50 years old and they are largely kept in reserve. Its five frigates and three corvettes are each equipped with modern missile systems. Three of the five frigates were built in the UK, are over 25 years old and come with updated Chinese weapons systems. The three corvettes are each over thirty years old; one was formerly a government yacht having been converted with Chinese weaponry. The underwater fleet includes Russian built attack submarines and mini subs, among some of the quietest diesel powered submarines still in operation.

In contrast the navy operated by the United States has over 320,000 personnel on active duty (with an additional over 100,000 on reserve) with close to 300 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft. It has eleven aircraft carriers, a fleet that includes cruisers, destroyers and frigates with an additional 75 submarines.

The United States Navy is the largest in the world; the battle fleet is larger by tonnage than the next 13 largest navies in the world combined. Its origins date back to the American Revolutionary War, once that conflict ended its next role was in helping to eliminate piracy from the Barbary Coast. The modern navy offers a presence globally particularly within East Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea.

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Comments (2)

A nice comparison of navy of both countries.Thanks.

Excellent job on this one, John!!! xoxoxo Voted up!

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