Tehran, Iran, Nov. 28
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that currently 32 Iranian naval groups are present in the international water.
"Iran's naval forces have escorted over 2,000 trade ships in the past few years," he said, adding that the country's naval forces also repulsed over 150 pirate attacks, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on Nov. 28
"We have also assisted 22 countries through international waters," he said.
"The pirates have endangered global trade," Sayyari explained.
"Ensuring trade ships' security, fighting the pirates, and raising Iran's flag are the main duties of Iran's navy," he added.
In recent years, the Iranian Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been also 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.