Commander: Sanctions Leave No Impact on Iranian Navy’s Progress
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Army’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said on Saturday that the sanctions imposed by enemies against the country have failed to impede progress of naval forces in developing different weapons and military systems.
Today, lifting or imposing sanctions in the military field has no value for Iranian people, Rear Admiral Irani told reporters in a press conference on the occasion of Navy Day in Iran.
He pointed to the salient achievements of the Navy, and said that Iran’s Navy Force is shining like a gem in the Persian Gulf region.
Apart from carrying out its maritime operation from Strait of Hormuz to North Persian Gulf, today, Iran’s Navy is carrying out very vital and sensitive operations in the depth of the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and has shown excellent maritime operation in line with bringing about security for the entire region and the world, he emphasized.
In response to a question on the impacts of sanctions on defense industries, Iran’s top navy commander said that benefitted from high potentials and capabilities, sanctions imposed against the country have not had any impact on Iran’s Navy Force.
He then pointed to the joint Zolfaqar-1400 drill recently held in the country, and said that Iran’s Navy managed to gain salient achievements in the drills in maritime sector successfully.
Rear Admiral Irani said that the Navy is an equipment-oriented, scientific-, political-, military- and international force, and stressed, “Accordingly, Iran’s Navy will unveil the most modern maritime equipment in the very near future in line with meeting the domestic demands and thwarting the future threats against the country.”
Regarding the capability of Iran Navy in producing advanced maritime equipment, he stated, “We will produce all kinds of maritime equipment and construction operations of Besat heavy submarine will start soon."
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Read Admiral Irani said that his forces were the guardians of the country's economic interests in international waters.
Rear Admiral Irani made the remarks on the sidelines of Iranian Army's military exercises dubbed 'Zolfaqar 1400'.
He added that coordination among the Iranian Armed Forces and transferring technical know-how and knowledge to young individuals is the main aim of the military drills.
Showing capabilities of the Armed Forces and in particular, the army’s strategic forces in ensuring the security of the country's interests as well as familiarizing young personnel with the real scenes of battle are among the other objectives of holding this large-scale military exercise, Rear Admiral Irani said.
He referred to the mission of various naval fleets of Iran’s Army Navy in the fight against terrorism, piracy and escorting merchant ships and oil tankers, and said, “Iran’s Army Navy forces have secured the country's economic lifeline by escorting vessels and tankers as well as merchant ships.”
Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has the upper hand to face an enemy on the battlefield, he reiterated.