0406 GMT June 21, 2021
“Full stationing of the navy in the Indian Ocean has been put on the agenda,” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said at a press conference on Saturday, held on the occasion of the Iran’s Navy Day (November 27), Tasnim News Agency reported.
He noted that while Iran used the ports of the “friendly countries” for the deployment of units to the Indian Ocean waters, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has prevented layovers at the ports of other states.
The commander said Iran is going to take advantage of an auxiliary ship to facilitate the dispatch of flotillas to the Indian Ocean.
The Iranian auxiliary vessel can carry up to seven helicopters and circumnavigate the globe eight to 10 times once fueled up, he added.
Furnished with drones, the military ship has been equipped with offense and defense equipment, Khanzadi said, adding that the unlimited presence of the auxiliary ship in the Indian Ocean could change the ocean’s security equations in favor of the regional countries.
The Iranian Navy is also going to unveil ‘’Dena’’ destroyer in early January 2021 and the ‘’Zereh’’ corvette this week, the commander added.
The Iranian Army’s Navy in a statement on the occasion of Navy Day announced that it will spare no effort to protect the country’s security and integrity.
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.