TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi highlighted the presence of his forces in high seas and said so far, sixty-four naval fleets have been dispatched to international waters to protect the Islamic Republic’s interests.
“The issue of security and establishing it is the responsibility of all governments and national power is achieved by activities in this area,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said in a speech in Tehran on Wednesday.
The Armed Forces provide this security, he said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy is protecting the country’s territorial integrity and defending its interests in the sea.
That is why the Navy has dispatched 64 naval flotillas to high seas to protect the country’s interests, the commander went on to say.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in international waters 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 also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.