Navy bases

IRAN’S STATE media has revealed that the country has opened new naval facilities east of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entrance to the Gulf, which is key to oil supplies.  

Naval chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying the base in the town of Jask would enable Iran to block the entry of an “enemy” into the Gulf.

Iran has threatened to close the strait in response to a potential military strike over its nuclear activities.

According to the US government’s Energy Information Administration, around 20 per cent of oil traded worldwide passes through the narrow waterway.