0620 GMT January 16, 2021
It also announced its full readiness to establish stability, security and hoist Iran's flag in the distant oceans and international waters, the statement said on Thursday.
The Defense Ministry also released a statement on Friday, saying that all friends and foes acknowledge that Iran’s naval power and deterrent capabilities have turned into the anchorage of stability and sustainable security in the strategic Persian Gulf region, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Sea of Oman.
The Iranian Navy’s advances in the defense industry and its modern achievements have frightened the enemies and have made them realize that “any mistake will draw a harsh, devastating and regrettable response” from the Iranian Navy, the statement added.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri also said on Friday Iran’s naval power has grown so extensively that its strategic depth has gone beyond the regional waters and has reached the faraway oceans.
The top general emphasized that the potential threats make it necessary for Iran to press on with the naval progress with firm resolve and accelerate and broaden its activities.
IRNA and Tasnim News Agency contributed to this story.