TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday appointed Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri as the new commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) navy.
In a decree on Thursday, Khamenei, commander-in-chief of Iran's Armed Forces, appointed Tangsiri as commander of the IRGC navy which is in charge of security in Iran's southern waters.
Tangsiri succeeds Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi as the IRGC navy chief.
Khamenei said the decision for the appointment has been made with regard to the new commander's "commitment, competency and valuable experiences."
He called on Tangsiri to push for promoting the training skills and upgrade the maritime equipment.
Khamenei has also called for the enhancement of the Iranian naval forces' presence in international waters and expanding the Navy's power in balance with the merit of the Islamic establishment.