Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has announced that Iran is going to send a fleet of warships to the Atlantic Ocean in the coming weeks.
Sayyari said that after the Iranian new year (March 20) the Iranian Navy plan to have a presence in the Atlantic Ocean.
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He made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony to open an exhibition of Navy achievements in the Southern city of Khorramshahr city on Thursday.
Sayyari told the Islamic republic news agency that presence in free seas indicates the Iranian Navy’s capabilities in establishment of security.
He added that presence in free seas, specially in North of Indian Ocean that is a bottleneck from an economic aspect, is among achievements that was fulfilled upon guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam announced that Iran is moving ahead with a large scale navy modernization program for wider presence in the high seas.
Speaking to FNA in the Northern city of Rasht, Khadem Bigham said the new warships will be self-sufficient, bigger, and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology.
“Iran plans to improve its naval resources in order to have a bigger presence in international waters,” he added.
According to the Navy commander, the 38th Iranian Navy fleet recently docked at Tanzania’s Port city of Dar es Salaam in line with the Islamic Republic’s strategy of expanding its naval presence in the high seas.
He further said Iran’s strong presence in the North and West of the Indian Ocean is in line with the country’s plans to help improve international peace and security.