IMPERIAL IRANIAN NAVY
In 1977 This small but powerful force included one British-made and two American-made destroyers, four British-made frigates, and some sixty smaller vessels, including patrol crafts, minesweepers, supply ships and fourteen British-made hovercraft.
In 1977 the navy also supported two marine (Takavaran) battalions and planned to increase its marine strength considerably.
Major purchases from the United States were due to arrive during the late 1970s and early 1980s. These included 4 Spruance-class destroyers equipped for antiaircraft operations, among the most sophisticated destroyers in the world, and three diesel powered Tang-class submarines. After the cancellation of foreign orders in 1979, the submarines were sold to Turkey and the destroyers passed into the United States Navy. In 1979 Khomeini also canceled an order for six type-209 submarines from West Germany, despite that at the end of the Shah's regime payments had been made to West German Yards for these long-lead submarines.
There were also reports in 1977 of negotiations with Great Britain for the purchase of four cruisers capable of launching aircraft. These new vessels, were planed to base at the Chah Bahar facility, and could give Iran escort and patrol capabilities in the Indian Ocean.
All of the commanding officers in the Iranian navy up to the mid-1970s had been educated at naval academies in the US, Great Britain, or Italy.
Imperial Iranian Navy in WWII:
In 1924 warships were received, against British objections, from Italy. The establishment of a small fleet started with the delivery of a series of gunboats. Several hundred Persian were trained to operate these ships.
Imperial Iranian Navy in 1979 - about 40,000 men
Strength of the Fleet:
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