Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic has turned international sanctions into opportunities in maritime sciences, Press TV reported.
"Building of modern destroyers by national specialists shows that sanctions have been turned into opportunities," Sayyari told reporters on Thursday.
The Iranian commander went on to say that Iran has achieved a high regional status in maritime sciences after the Islamic Revolution and directly influences all decisions and projects in the region.
Sayyari noted that Iranian experts build advanced destroyers and submarines using the latest technologies that only a few countries in the world possess.
Iran's Navy has been multiplying its naval presence in the international waters in recent years, deploying vessels to the Indian Ocean and dispatching, in February 2011, two ships via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.
In addition, 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 safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.