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Iran to Keep Presence in Intl. Waters

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 24 (ICANA) – Iran's Navy will continue its “strategic” presence in international waters to demonstrate its military might and to safeguard the interests of the Islamic Republic, says Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.
Sunday, April 24, 2011 1:27:43 PM
Iran to Keep Presence in Intl. Waters

“The Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy seeks to have an active and strategic presence in [international] waters to demonstrate its authority and to defend the country's resources and interests,” says Rear Admiral Sayyari.

“This is our right to establish presence in international waters, and we will show the presence wherever it is necessary to safeguard our interests, such as fighting sea pirates in the Gulf of Aden,” he went on to say.

In the wake of surging sea piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Iran has sent a new fleet of vessels to the area to protect its merchant vessels and oil tankers form Somali pirates.

In line with international efforts against piracy, Iran's Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard maritime trade and in particular ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

Iran's Navy commander also pointed out that a strategic navy must have the capability to be deployed in international waters.

Rear Admiral Sayyari reiterated that the presence of Iran's Navy in international waters is aimed at “safeguarding clear interests, transferring messages of peace and friendship, and showing Iran's authority and capabilities at sea.”

In February, two Iranian Navy ships, Khark and Alvand, passed through the Suez Canal, a strategic international shipping route in Egypt, for the first time since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.

On April 16, Iran announced that it has successfully test-fired an air-defense missile system dubbed Sayyad-2 (Hunter II).

The newly-tested system is an upgraded version of the Sayyad-1 system with higher precision, range and defensive power and will be unveiled in the near future.

In January, Iran successfully test-fired mid-range, surface-to-air Hawk missile and the Iranian Defense Ministry delivered new cruise missile systems to the Navy.

The systems, designed and manufactured by Iranian experts, are capable of spotting and destroying different targets at sea.

Iran's Navy has successfully test-fired a range of powerful missiles mounted with laser technology, which display high precision and have a range of 45 km (28 miles) to 300 km (186 miles).

Iran has repeatedly assured that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

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