Iran to Make Enemies Regret Any Naval Aggression: Commander
- August, 17, 2016 - 18:31
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari warned the enemies of the country’s crushing response to any threat.
Speaking to reporters in the northern city of Rasht on Wednesday, the top commander said Iran’s naval forces are vigilantly protecting the country’s maritime borders against threats and will make the enemies regret any hostile move against the Islamic Republic.
He further noted that the Navy has plans to expand its presence in the international waters, as in the Pacific Ocean, the South China Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
As regards the anti-piracy operations, Sayyari highlighted the active presence of Iranian seamen in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to ensure security for trade vessels and protect the country’s economic interests.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in high seas to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.
In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.