Navy Chief: Iran’s trans-regional prestige, might, revolution’s fruit

Kerman, Dec 5, IRNA – Prestige, pride, grandeur, deterrence, might, power and great regional and trans-regional status of Iran today are among the achievements of the Islamic Revolution, said Commander of IRI Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

“Achieving scientific supremacy grants might, and today the Iranian youth and university students have achieved a very high scientific status, among which I can refer to mastering the nuclear sciences and the craftsmanship of manufacturing submarines,” he said at a commemoration service for Navy martyrs.

Rear Admiral Sayyari said that the IRI Navy warships and frigates that nowadays sail in world free waters are led by officers who have gained their training at the late Imam Khomeini Naval Sciences University, and high political insight is among their characteristics.

He said that having achieved mastership in repairs and maintenance, as well as software and hardware production during the years of the defense against the Iraqi invading army, the Iranian Navy had on those days in minimum possible time, which was 67 days, fully defeated the enemy’s naval forces.

“Since 90% of the country’s imports and exports are conducted through the seas, today the Iranian Navy is ensuring the security of the oil carrier and commercial ships in the free waters of the world, thus playing a significant role in the country’s national economy,” he said.

On November 23, Sayyari said Iran’s 27th naval flotilla had returned from its 95-day mission in the high seas.

A day later, the Iranian Navy launched newly-overhauled Neyzeh and Tabarzin missile-launching warships as well as Sirjan auxiliary ship.

Iran’s naval forces have in recent months succeeded to foil tens of pirate attacks against the country’s merchant vessels and oil tankers in the high seas.

Since November 2008, the Iranian Navy has conducted anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mendeb strait to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.

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

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.