TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari Sunday emphasized his forces’ full preparedness to defend the country’s maritime borders against any enemy aggression, and said the enemies don’t dare to give a dirty look to Iran.
The navy commander reiterated that Iran is in a situation that no enemy dare threaten or come close to the Islamic Republic’s sea and land borders.
“We announce that we will not be afraid of any threats and will fully defend the country’s territory,” he added.
Sayyari said that enemies have been seeking to weaken the Islamic Republic since the triumph of the Islamic Revolution more than three decades ago but the country has managed to foil all plots and counter all threats.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the ship-building sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing even equipment and systems for the Naval forces.
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 Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, Iran’s 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.
Since November 2008, the Iranian Navy has conducted anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mendeb Strait to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.
In June 2013, Iran launched its overhauled and modernized destroyer named Bayandor in the Southern waters of the country in the presence of Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi and Rear Admiral Sayyari.
Army officials said the Iranian Navy’s power of safeguarding the country’s territorial waters as well as maintaining security in regional and international waters will increase after the launch of Bayandor.