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Iranian admiral boasts of torpedo technology

Admiral Ali Fedawi says Iranian maritime force would need only '50 seconds' to destroy a U.S. frigate

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Iran’s Navy would need less than a minute to destroy a U.S. frigate, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps admiral told the Islamic Republic’s semi-official Fars news agency Tuesday.

The news outlet quoted Admiral Ali Fedawi, the head of the IRGC’s navy, as saying the Iranian maritime force possessed advanced torpedoes and would need only “50 seconds” to destroy a U.S. frigate.

He said the naval force conducted exercises that “included training and maneuvers to confront operational targets.”

“The Americans and the entire world know that one of the operational objectives of the Revolutionary Guard’s naval force is the destruction of the U.S. Navy,” he said.

Fedawi also said Iran’s “friends and foes” knew little of the naval capabilities of the IRGC.

“These capabilities will be disclosed later in order to either to deter the enemy or on the battle field,” he said. “The enemy is concerned [even] of the little information they have about our capabilities.”

The U.S., according to the admiral, has also acknowledged the weaknesses of its naval vessels.

“They [U.S.] have acknowledged that the size of their large naval vessels means they could be easily targeted by the Revolutionary Guard’ naval force,” he said.

“In any case, we have detailed analyses of the schematics and makeup of these vessels and know how to behave toward them,” he said.

Earlier this year, an Iranian commander said naval vessels would be sent toward U.S. maritime borders, in a move that Fars agency said was part of an Iranian response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Gulf.

The Pentagon said in February it was unconcerned by the announcement, noting that lots of countries operated in international waters in the Atlantic Ocean.