It appears Iran is thinking up new creative ways of military readiness as well as ways to threaten the US and its allies in the region. This time Tehran is again touting that it's established massive underground “missile cities” stretching across the Islamic Republic's southern coast.
Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, the powerful chief of the IRGC Navy, said Sunday that the military had building large underground missile complexes that will prove a "nightmare" for Iran's enemies. He also noted similar “missile cities” are stationed offshore as well.
“Iran has established underground onshore and offshore missile cities all along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman that would be a nightmare for Iran’s enemies,” he told a regional publication, as reported by Reuters.
However ominous that might sound, in essence they appear to be but underground storage bunkers where missiles remain protected from airstrikes. But prior video footage and images released in the past years of these bunkers do show that they could be multiple kilometers in length and massive in width.
This after over a week of a series of 'mystery explosions' have rocked Iranian facilities across the country, including a recent blast at Natanz nuclear facility, officially dubbed an "accident". Israeli and Western media have begun to speculate that US or Israeli intelligence is likely behind some of the blasts which have disrupted operations in some areas struck.
In years past Iranian state media reports have appeared to validate that the "missile cities" are indeed legitimate and sprawling:
But perhaps more directly threatening is that Admiral Tangsiri described the purpose of the underground missile facilities as assisting the IRGC in "monitoring every vessel that passes through the Strait of Hormuz" and providing immediate defensive readiness to act.
The vital global oil shipping waterway has for years been source of threats and counterthreats among Iran, Saudi Arabia, the US and Europe as the US has vowed to never let Iran close it down to international shipping.
It should also be noted that the IRGC recently said it was expanding naval bases near the Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Oman. No doubt any significant ballistic missile movement to these offshore locations will likely provoke both the US and Israel to act.