|Last Updated:||December 1, 2010|
|Other Name:||Bendar Abbas; Bander e Abbas|
|Location:||Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan|
|Subordinate To:||Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Command|
|Size:||Very large naval base|
Iran's main naval base is located at Bandar Abbas.  The complex hosts a missile site where Chinese-built cruise missiles such as the CSS-N-2 Silkworm, HY-2 Seersucker and C-801 Sardine are tested, assembled, manufactured, and upgraded.  The Revolutionary Guard Corps protects the complex with HAWK, SA-5 and SA-2 air-defense missiles.  According to Stratfor, "Iran generally keeps eight SS-N-22 Sunburn anti-ship missile batteries stationed near Bandar Abbas, as well as at least 12 Silkworm anti-ship missile sites around Bandar Abbas and Kharg Island."  The IRCG likely deploys the missiles in hardened underground silos. Iran may also have deployed C-701 missiles near Bandar Abbas.  The military complex also houses Iran's fleet of Chinese-made Houdong fast missile boats.  Experts estimate that Iran has armed approximately twenty of these craft with Saccade C-802 missiles. 
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