Iran Navy conveys message of peace: Defense min.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Iranian Navy’s strong presence in international waters carries the message of “peace” and “security.”

“[Iran’s] strategic Navy has shown that it has always been the conveyor of the message of peace and friendship, and the protector of lasting security in the region,” General Dehqan said on Wednesday ahead of National Navy Day.

The Iranian defense minister also stated that the Islamic Republic’s naval forces are among the “main factors securing the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.”

Dehqan also expressed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s readiness to support the Navy to increase its presence in territorial and international waters in compliance with international standards.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Iranian Navy unveiled a domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art array radar system, dubbed Asr (Age). The new radar system is capable of detecting long-distance targets.

According to Deputy Army Commander Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi, “The radar system could be mounted on [naval] vessels, and will boost the combat capability of the Navy.”

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.

By Press TV


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