Leader Awards 'Medal of Conquest' to Iran’s Former Navy Chief

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei awarded the 'Medal of Fath (Conquest)' to former Iranian Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari for his admirable performance in the Navy and efforts to protect the country’s sea borders.

In a ceremony at a naval base in Iran’s northern port city of Noshahr on Sunday, Rear Admiral Sayyari, who is currently deputy chief of the Army for coordination, was awarded by the Leader with the 'Order of Fath'.

The former Navy chief has received the medal for his “meritorious service”, safeguarding the country’s maritime borders and the Sea of Oman, protecting national interests, enhancing the country’s naval presence in international waters and his efforts for development along the country’s southeastern coasts of Makran.

Sayyari was replaced by Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi in November 2017.

Under Sayyari’s command, the Iranian Navy launched a program to fight piracy in high seas on a routine basis and enhanced its activities along the coasts of Makran.

The strategic Makran region has attracted the attention of many Iranian decision-makers and military officials, particularly after Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need for the development of the region.

In November 2014, in a meeting with high-ranking Navy commanders, Ayatollah Khamenei said the issue of development of the coasts of Makran is a major task and plans for that region should be carried out more rapidly.

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