Artesh, the regular military, also has its own regular naval force. The exact role of the new Basij Navy was not disclosed, except it was spoken of as being an auxiliary force to boost the capabilities of the IRGC Navy.
“The Basij Navy should be quickly organized through the cooperation of the IRGC Navy and the Basij Organization,” said Brig. Gen. Ali Akbar Kharatiyan, deputy commander of IRGCN. “On the basis of the same plan, some members of Basij will undergo specialized trainings in the field of naval defense and operations.” (Fars News Agency, 2 November)
Gen. Kharatiyan made his comment during a naval conference in Bandar Abbas.