Iran Commader: Navy fully prepared to provide security in Mideast
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country's naval forces are fully capable of providing the security of the Middle East, Press TV reported.
Speaking at a Tuesday ceremony, Sayyari pointed out that Iran's Navy possesses all the required capabilities to conduct surface, submarine, aerial and missile operations aimed at safeguarding the regional security.
Relying on efficient human resources, the Iranian Navy has enhanced the deterrence power and security of the region, he pointed out.
Sayyari highlighted the threat of enemy's soft war as Iran's major concern, saying, "Soft war is much more perilous than hard war, as hard war is conceivable for everyone but soft war can be merely perceived by those incurring the damages."
Iran's Navy has been expanding its presence in the international waters since last year, deploying vessels to the Indian Ocean and around the Horn of Africa. It also dispatched two ships via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean for the first time in February 2011.
Moreover, in line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to shield the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
The country has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.