TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined his forces’ growing might and capability, and said Iran’s Naval power is now felt thousands of kilometers far from its Southern borders.
“Today, we have been able to establish security in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, Bab al-Mandab and the North of the Indian Ocean and we have shown this might and power almost 2,500km far from the Southern coasts,” Sayyari said in the Southern province of Hormozgan on Monday.
He also underlined the Iranian naval forces’ capability to fight pirates in the international waters, and said such a power helps the country in the further development of its economy and trade.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
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.
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