Hossein Khanzadi

Hossein Khanzadi (Persian: حسین خانزادی) is an Iranian hovercraft pilot in the regular military (Artesh) who served as the Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy from November 2017 to August 2021.[2] On 17 August 2021, Rear Admiral Khanzadi was replaced by Shahram Irani, the first Sunni high ranking commander on the orders of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei.[3]

Hossein Khanzadi
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Bornc. 1967 (age 55–56)
Gorgan, Iran
Years of service1986–2021
Commands heldIslamic Republic of Iran Navy
Alma mater

During his tenure, the navy lost three vessels in non-combat incidents, namely Damavand (77), Konarak (A1403) and Kharg (431).


  1. ^ "Participants" (PDF), Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2017, retrieved 5 November 2017
  2. ^ "Leader makes new appointments in Iran's Army", Mehr News Agency, 5 November 2017, 4135697, retrieved 5 November 2017
  3. ^ "Iran appoints first Sunni high-ranking commander as Navy chief".
Military offices
Preceded by Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Succeeded by