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Khamenei appoints new IRGC Navy chief

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday appointed Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri as the new commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) navy, according to Iranian media.

In a decree on Thursday, Khamenei, commander-in-chief of Iran's Armed Forces, appointed Tangsiri as commander of the IRGC navy “which is in charge of security in Iran's southern waters.” Tangsiri succeeds Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi as the IRGC navy chief.

In a separate decree, Khamenei appointed the outgoing commander as the IRGC's deputy commander for coordination at the proposal of Major General Mohammad Ali Jaafari, the elite Force's chief commander.

Khamenei called on the incoming commander to work to strengthen the infrastructure of the IRGC Navy and boost the combat preparedness of its forces.

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Khamenei has also called for the enhancement of the Iranian naval forces' presence in “international waters and expanding the Navy's power in balance with the merit of the Islamic establishment.”

This comes days after Khamenei named Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh as the new air force chief.

Two weeks earlier, Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said that Iran fired a short-range anti-ship missile. On August 14, Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami unveiled a new type of Fateh 110 medium-range ballistic missile.

Recently Ali Reza Tangsiri has paid many visits to Qatar recently

He led many Iranian military delegations to Doha where he attended the “Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC)” and also the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference.