TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said his force is powerful enough to protect security in the Persian Gulf and the Pacific Ocean without the help of any foreign states.
“Iran enjoys the ability to establish security in the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Oman,” Sayyari said, addressing Iranian university students in the Northern city of Babolsar on Saturday.
“There is no need to any other country for establishing security in the region and we ourselves are capable of doing it,” he added.
Elsewhere, Sayyari referred to the operations of the Iranian Navy’s fleet of warships beyond the territorial waters, and said, “At present we have moved out of the Strait of Hormuz and reached the Bab al-Mandab Strait 2,500km away.”
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the international waters, specially the Gulf of Aden, since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
The Navy’s 30th fleet of warships, comprised of Alvand warship and Bushehr logistic warship docked in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in July after successfully conducting a 100-day mission of providing safe passage for Iranian shipping lines in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and sailing through the equator and berthing in Sudanese ports, Tanzania’s Dar al-Salam port and Oman’s Salalah port.
The 30th flotilla of warships carried out the longest-ever mission among the Iranian fleets in the international waters.
The Iranian Navy dispatched its 30th flotilla to the Gulf of Aden and the high seas in early April to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.
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.
Maritime Security News Note:
If it’s a statement from Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, then it must be a Monday. For some reason, he likes to get a few column inches in at the start of the week!