Commander Underlines Iran’s Permanent Deployment in Int’l Waters
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani stressed that his country will always maintain presence in international waters to guarantee the security of its cargo vessels and oil tankers.
Provision of Iran’s economic security in the seas is the most important mission of the naval forces. Iran is the sole regional country which carries out such a big mission independently in the sanction conditions, Rear Admiral Irani said on Saturday.
The naval forces will continue the mission in the future, he stressed.
The commander noted that the Navy is proud of its flotilla comprising home-made destroyer “Sahand" and Makran warship (floating forward staging base) which will return home within the next few days after passing 45,000 km across Indian Ocean, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and other important waters.
The Iranian flotilla will dock in Iran after 120 days on the sea, he added.
As the commander said, over 90 percent of Iran’s trade is done through the sea.
Iran’s presence in the seas would be permanent, Rear Admiral Irani underscored.
No threat could prevent Iran from undertaking its missions, he concluded.
Last Tuesday, Rear Admiral Irani said that the 75th fleet of warships returned home after successfully carrying out its mission in the Northern parts of the Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and St. Petersburg port in Russia.
"The largest historical military event in the sea was accomplished by the Iranian Navy with the deployment of a fleet consisting of the home-made Sahand destroyer and the Makran support ship,” Rear Admiral Irani told reporters in a press conference, elaborating on the mission of the fleet.
"The 75th fleet accomplished its mission by crossing the three Indian ocean, the South Atlantic and the North Atlantic, and traveling around 45,000 kilometers across the oceans and returning to Iran," he added.
Rear Admiral Irani stated that the mission was a sign of self-confidence and authority to the world, reminding that Sahand destroyer was constructed and went under maintenance and modernization by means of the most up-to-date domestic scientific capabilities.
“This important and strategic mission shows Iran's capability and authority. Iran has always been a country that invited all the regional countries to peace and friendship," he added.
Referring to the country's progress under the sanctions and pressure, the commander noted, "Although sanctions and all-out pressure were put on the country and the defense industry, we were able to neutralize the sanctions by relying on our domestic power."
He considered it very important to carry out the mission in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, saying, "The passage of the fleet of the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the waters in which the arrogant powers are present and the success of this mission shows the capability and authority of Iran."
In relevant remarks in July, former Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that the presence of the country’s naval forces in the Gulf of Finland indicates Iran’s capability to support its forces in faraway regions.
Rear Admiral Khanzadi described the achievements of the historical presence of Iran's navy in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Finland as important, and said, "The main message of this honorable presence was to show authority, ability and self-reliance."
He pointed to the important decision of the Navy for navigation in the Atlantic Ocean, saying, "The decision dates back to about seven years ago when the navy received a plan from the Leader to develop the navy."
"Demonstrating the capabilities and capacities that have grown in the light of the Islamic Revolution is an important part of this strategy," the commander noted.
"This presence was important and valuable for Iran because the presence of Iranian ships in the Gulf of Finland and the North Sea is a historic event and this success means opening the gates of these regions to the fleet of Iran."
"Such a powerful and long-term presence means that the navy of a country like Iran has the capacity to support its forces in remote areas for long periods of time," Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.
For the first time in the history of Iran, an all-Iranian ship has docked in the port of St. Petersburg, the commander said, adding that out of about 20 countries participating in the Russian Navy parade, only three countries sent warships to the ceremony and Iran was one of the three countries that sent its locally manufactured 'Sahand' destroyer to the parade.
Heading a delegation, Rear Admiral Khanzadi traveled to Russia's St. Petersburg in July to take part in the Russian Navy Day parade on the occasion of Russian Navy Day at the official invitation of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The Iranian destroyer 'Sahand' along with the Makran support ship arrived in St. Petersburg late in July to participate in the Russian event.