Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif made the remarks on Sunday, while addressing hostile media reports to the effect that the IRGC’s recent naval drills, including targeting of a mock-up US aircraft carrier, were not successful.
During IRGC’s large-scale drills in Iran’s southern waters, codenamed Payambar-e A’zam (The Great Prophet) 14, which ended on Thursday, the elite force staged “all-out and multilayered” strikes against the life-size replica of a Nimitz-class US aircraft carrier.
The IRGC’s servicemen began the episode by destroying the mock carrier’s accompaniment with coast-to-sea fire. State television aired footage showing the damage caused to the model vessel following the operational juncture, and the IRGC commandos’ rappelling onto it.
Following the drills, some Western and anti-Iran media claimed that the goal of the IRGC forces was to totally destroy the mock-up carrier and that goal was not achieved during the said maneuver.
Rejecting Iranian enemies’ false reports about the naval drills, the IRGC spokesman said, “We need this mock-up carrier ... to exercise various scenarios and its destruction is not a prioritized goal in our operational plans for such drills. We are still planning to further use it in a variety of drills to test our equipment and systems and boost [our forces’] readiness for participation in a real [battle] field,” he added.
“As said before, in the war game designed for this maneuver, the goal was to destroy two accompaniments of the aircraft carrier, which was done appropriately. The goal was to hit the command bridge of the carrier ... and conducting heliborne operations on its deck. This [operation] has a special meaning, which has been well understood by defense and military experts, including Americans,” the IRGC spokesman added.
He said IRGC’s large-scale naval maneuver was staged under special conditions that exist in the country, the region and the world, and proved that the enemy's arms embargo and economic sanctions have failed to have any impact on the country's forward march and the promotion of its military might as well as the enhancement of its deterrent power.
"The hostile front has well understood that according to the defense doctrine of the [Iranian] Armed Forces, no move against Iran's national interests will go unanswered and will be faced with appropriate and firm reactions within the framework of [the principle of] aggressive deterrence," the IRGC spokesman said.
General Sharif noted that the organizers of the IRGC's naval drills intended to convey to the neighboring countries the message of peace and [the necessity of the] protection of the regional security.
He emphasized that the IRGC's aggressive scenarios in military exercises are directed toward hostile extra-regional countries possessing aircraft carriers who seek in their evil strategies to plunder regional nations' wealth through their illegitimate and destabilizing presence in the region and by fomenting state terrorism.
Sharif emphasized that the terrorist and inhuman regime of the United States of America tops these extra-regional plundering countries that are present in the region.
The IRGC chief commander Major General Hossein Salami said on Tuesday that Iran will never initiate any offensive, but assumes a fully offensive mode when it comes to tactical and operational performance.