Tehran, Nov 26, IRNA – Iran is ready to increase its presence in international waters, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Wednesday.
He made the remarks in a ceremony held on the occasion of the national Navy Day.
Iran is ready to patrol in the Atlantic Ocean and increase its presence in the international waters in a bid to boost security of ships there, the commander added.
Iran is among major countries safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.
Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters.
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