Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 21
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
The Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran is one of the top 10 countries in making destroyers, IRNA news agency reported Feb. 21.
"Formerly we were unable even to repair destroyer parts, but now we make submarines, warships and destroyers," he said.
"Once we would only voyage within the 300,000-square-kilometer span of the Persian Gulf, but now we surf an area of 2.2 million square kilometers, one and a half times the area of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.
He pointed out that Iranian warships currently travel to the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean.
"Pirates at the Gulf of Aden, which lets through half of the world trade traffic, are trying to attack our oil and other export and import goods. But they have failed although they use the latest equipment," he noted.
Sayyari added that the Iranian Navy has safely escorted 2,600 ships and tankers through the gulf since the Iranian-calendar year 1387 (Mar. 21, 2008 to Mar. 20, 2009).
In recent years, Iran's 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 also 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.
The Iranian Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its mission in international waters.