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The maritime forces of Iran consist of the regular navy, a naval air arm and a naval infantry force. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG), or Pasdaran, operates a separate naval force to reinforce the navy and marines. (See separate database entry for Iran/Special Operations Forces for additional information.)

The Iranian navy is organized into three operational zones: the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Iran's naval headquarters is at Bandar Abbas, as...

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