The commander of the naval forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Ali Reza Tengsiri, said that the Revolutionary Guards had spotted the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and its battle group five days ago before entering the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf waters.
Tengsiri added that the Revolutionary Guard is able to monitor all maritime movements in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf waters and the Sea of Oman through its drone.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced the joining of 188 homemade drones and helicopters to the guards' navy fleet.
The Naval Forces Command of the Revolutionary Guard said that these aircraft will provide the ability to monitor marine movements in the area of the Guard’s presence and to use them in operations carried out by the Revolutionary Guard Navy.
She added that 3 drones were unveiled capable of taking off and landing vertically, and another drone called "Muhajir", which is capable of covering a distance of more than 200 km and carrying out missions in difficult weather conditions.
Forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz (Reuters)
Tension and penalties
Tensions have increased between Washington and Tehran since US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from the agreement between the P5 and Germany with Iran regarding the latter's nuclear program in 2018.
Washington then reimposed sanctions on Tehran, which about a year later reneged on some of its obligations under the deal signed in Vienna in 2015.
Tensions rose dramatically after the United States assassinated the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, General Qassem Soleimani, in an air strike near Baghdad International Airport last January.
Tehran responded to this operation by targeting the Al-Asad base in western Iraq, which contains American soldiers, with missiles.