Iran can protect region’s seas

Iran powerful enough to protect regional seas, claims Rear Admiral.

Navy Commander: Iran Enjoying Enough Power to Protect Persian Gulf, Pacific Ocean

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said his force is powerful enough to protect security in the Persian Gulf and the Pacific Ocean without the help of any foreign states.

“Iran enjoys the ability to establish security in the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Oman,” Sayyari said, addressing Iranian university students in the Northern city of Babolsar on Saturday.

“There is no need to any other country for establishing security in the region and we ourselves are capable of doing it,” he added.

Elsewhere, Sayyari referred to the operations of the Iranian Navy’s fleet of warships beyond the territorial waters, and said, “At present we have moved out of the Strait of Hormuz and reached the Bab al-Mandab Strait 2,500km away.”

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the international waters, specially the Gulf of Aden, since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

The Navy’s 30th fleet of warships, comprised of Alvand warship and Bushehr logistic warship docked in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in July after successfully conducting a 100-day mission of providing safe passage for Iranian shipping lines in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and sailing through the equator and berthing in Sudanese ports, Tanzania’s Dar al-Salam port and Oman’s Salalah port.

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