Iran opens naval base

Iran has opened new naval facilities east of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entrance to the Gulf which is key to oil supplies, state media say.
Naval chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying the base in the town of Jask would enable Iran to block the entry of an "enemy" into the Gulf.
The Strait of Hormuz is "by far the world's most important chokepoint," according to the US government's Energy Information Administration.

About 20% of oil traded worldwide passes through the narrow waterway, the body says.

There has been speculation that the US or Israel might stage a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, in response to Iran's refusal to halt the enrichment of uranium, a process which can be used to make fuel for nuclear bombs.

It's only a matter of time...
Your thread title is somewhat misleading. There has been a naval base at Jask for some considerable time, this appears to be an improvement to the facilities there.

I agree though, it is only a matter of time before they improve their operational capability.
It says it's new on the beeb site?
Must be true if it's on the beeb website....................
You appear to doubt the veracity of my assertion. said:
November 1995
Iran reports that it fired a domestically built anti-ship cruise missile during the Saeqa-4 exercises in late November. The missile was launched at a sea target from near the naval base at Jask. The firing is reportedly the first operational test of "advanced missile systems" built by the Iranian Navy.
—"Iran claims cruise missile test firing," Jane's Defence Weekly, 9 December 1995, p. 3, in Lexis-Nexis, <>.
For future reference, journalists are noted for their factual inexactitudes.

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