|Iranian Navy to expand presence in open seas: admiral||
TEHRAN – The commander of the Iranian Navy said on Tuesday that Iran plans to expand its naval presence in the open seas.
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari also said that Iranian naval forces enjoy a high level of military preparedness to defend the country.
In addition, he said that the Iranian Navy’s 31rst Fleet, which is comprised of the Shaheed Bayandor destroyer and the Bandar Abbas warship, has recently been sent to the open seas to provide security for Iranian commercial ships and oil tankers.
He said that the 31rst Fleet has been dispatched to replace the Navy’s 30th Fleet, which is comprised of the Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr logistic warship.
The 30th Fleet carried out a successful mission and became the first Iranian fleet to cross the equator, he added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Sayyari said that the Navy will take delivery of the domestically manufactured Damavand destroyer in the near future.
The advanced and well-equipped warship, which is a destroyer of the Jamaran class, is currently undergoing final tests, he said.
Pointing to the Navy’s efforts to protect Iran’s maritime borders, the admiral said that Iranian naval forces are closely monitoring the movements of extra-regional forces in waters to the south of the country.
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