Commander Highlights Effective Navy Presence in High Seas
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Navy commander reiterated that his forces enjoy strategic capabilities that enable them to provide security for the country merchant and oil tanker fleets in the international waters.
“Given the role of the high seas and the fact that they belong to all countries, we are interested to be present in the sea, and we can provide the marine security with a strategic navy in our possession,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in a large gathering of prayers here in Tehran on Friday.
He also talked of plans to increase presence of naval forces along the country’s coastlines, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy has been tasked with being stationed in the country’s southeastern coasts.”
Sayyari also hailed the “pivotal role” of the navy in ensuring security of the country’s trade cargoes and oil tankers in the shipping routes.
“Up to now, we have escorted some 2,000 vessels in the region, and we have had 150 cases of successful clashes with pirates,” the commander added.
In relevant remarks on Sunday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei emphasized the prominent role played by the Iranian Navy in the region, adding that current conditions across the region have further highlighted the significance of the country's naval forces.
“The navy is of great importance in terms of science and equipment, and also enjoys a special political and military position given the policies that dominate the region and the existing of threats,” the Leader pointed out.
Ayatollah Khamenei also emphasized the need for further development of the navy, and added, “The fundamental objective of the navy should be to create and organize a military force in the level of the Iranian nation and the Islamic government’s aspirations.”
In recent years, Iranian navy has made great headway in equipping its forces with the state-of-the-art equipment and has attained self-sufficiency in manufacturing a broad range of vessels and submarines.
Iran has repeatedly said its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.