In this photo released Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Guard’s warship named after slain Guard naval commander Abdollah Roudaki, sails into the Iranian southern territorial waters. (Sepahnews via AP)
(Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have added a warship capable of carrying aircraft, missile launchers and drones to its naval fleet, state media said on Thursday, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington.
Antagonism between longtime foes Tehran and Washington has risen since 2018, when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.
A U.S. official told Reuters on Monday that Trump, with two months left in office, had asked for options on attacking Iran’s main nuclear site at Natanz, but ultimately decided against taking the dramatic step.
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Update #1: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Launches Aircraft-Carrying Ship (Military.com/AP)
Update #2: Oceangoing Warship Joins IRGC Navy Fleet (Tasnim)
WNU Editor: From Iran’s Tasnim News Agency …. The oceangoing warship, 150 meters in length and weighing 4,000 tons, is a multipurpose vessel for long-range operations. It is furnished with missiles, air defense systems, and radars.