“Our naval forces are so powerful that we have a presence in all the waters of the world and, if needed, we can move to within three miles of New York,” The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Tuesday during a speech to the students of the University of Yazd in Iran.
I find this highly unlikely for a number of reasons.
#1 Range. At over 8,000 nautical miles the distance exceeds Iran’s capabilities. Their ships and subs a) don’t have the range and b) they don’t enjoy UNREP capabilities. c) the course offers little in refueling options once they get past Egypt.
#2. Ship technology. The blue sea capability of the Iranian navy is very very limited with regards to vessels and training. Although for example a Kilo class submarine could possibly find a way to get close (6000 nm range surfaced) the ability to evade notice isn’t high and the ability to get away…..nonexistent.
#3. Follow up of the previous two with real world examples. The previous far afield forays the Iranian Navy has attempted has been limited to shore hugging trips to Turkey and Lebanon by a grand total of two ships each time.
Bluster doesn’t make muster. The Iranian Navy and especially the vessels and units assigned to the IRGC pose zero threat to the USA outside of regional waters.