If your Muslim, that is with Shia being the preferable sect. As Iran feels their power growing we will see more muscle-flexing and increased displays of military capabilities. Remember that nuclear weapons can be launched from sea as well as land.
From FARS July 24
Leader: Iran's Naval Presence in High Seas Beneficial to All Human Beings
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lauded Iran's naval might and power, and stressed that presence of the Iranian Navy in the country's territorial waters and the high seas serves the interests of all the world people.
Addressing a large gathering of Iranian naval forces and their families in the country's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Saturday night, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to Iran's growing naval presence in the far and high seas, and stated, "Such strategic presence in the high seas that is the result of the efforts and endeavors of the Army and the IRGC naval forces and their families is a service to humanity."
The Leader added that Iran's naval might also heralds a message of dignity for the other nations as it shows that the Iranian nation has been able to achieve his extent of ability and progress through reliance on God, although it has been facing a massive enemy front.
The Iranian Army Navy and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy have tight cooperation in controlling the country's waterways and protecting Iran's interests inside territorial waters and in the high seas.
Earlier in July, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the country plans to boost deployment of Navy vessels and forces outside Iran's territorial waters.
"We hope that we can widen our presence in international waters and high seas through further planning," Sayyari said, addressing a conference dubbed 'the Strategic Navy Force' here in Tehran at the time.
Also in July, Iran's Yunes submarine, sailing alongside warships of the 14th fleet of the Iranian Navy, returned home following an almost two-month-long mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The deployment of Iranian military submarine in the Red Sea was the first such operation by the country's navy in far-off waters.
Iran has also deployed warships in the Red Sea to combat Somali pirates.
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