TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy’s 32nd Fleet dispatched to the North of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, in a ceremony, marked the November 28 Navy Day aboard Jamaran Destroyer and Bushehr Logistical Warship.
The ceremony which began with the recitation of Holy Verses from the Glorious Qur’an continued with playing the National Anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran and various entertainment programs after messages by Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and the commander of the Naval Fleet, the Islamic republic news agency reported on Friday.
Also on Friday, Rear Admiral Sayyari underlined his forces’ might and readiness to give a crushing response to any kind of aggression by the country’s enemies.
“The Iranian Navy is ready to give crushing response to any type of threat,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said.
He reiterated that the Iranian Navy guarantees Iran’s interests in the national and international water, and said, “The Navy’s 32nd Fleet is now conducting anti-piracy patrols in the high seas.”
Rear Admiral Sayyari noted that the Iranian Navy has a plan to expand its operational zone in the Northern Indian Ocean beyond the 10-degree latitude.
Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the IRGC has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, the IRGC Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Iran, the scale of the country’s response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on the Iranian assets.
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