Commander says naval plan to enhance Iran’s ability to counter threats

Tasnim – Commander of the Iranian Navy highlighted the benefits of a large-scale naval plan that uses constantly evolving technologies and would enhance Iran’s ability to deal with regional and trans-regional threats.

Addressing an event in Tehran on Sunday, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi described the ‘Supremacy Scheme’ as a “detailed and comprehensive scenario for countering any regional or extra-regional threat.”

He said the plan, which should involve the most elite officers of the Navy, will provide the Navy with the knowledge to make the best decision in the toughest conditions.

Describing the Navy as an equipment-based force, he underlined the futility of old strategies given the rapid advances in technology.

In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in high seas to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, also Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, has on various occasions called for enhancement of the Iranian naval forces’ presence in international waters, describing it as a factor that contributes to the strength and capability of Iran.

In comments in November 2017, the Leader pointed to the Navy’s role in “critical regions like the (coasts of) Makran, the Sea of Oman and high seas”, emphasizing that the Iranian naval forces should keep operating in international waters.