Iranian warships show naval might: Navy chief

March 2, 2011 - 0:0

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the presence of Iranian warships in the high seas has demonstrated Tehran's naval power.

“The presence of Iranian warships in international waters showed that the Islamic Republic of Iran and its navy have managed to turn sanctions into opportunities,” Sayyari told IRNA on Monday, before ending his six-day visit to Syria.
The admiral was referring to the voyage of two Iranian warships in the Red Sea and their subsequent passage into the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
He underlined the voyage can have a positive impact on Iran's relations with other countries, namely Syria.
“We have had relations with Syria on all fronts, but not much in the naval sector,” said the top commander, adding that the mission can help boost Tehran-Damascus naval cooperation as well.
“The fact that Iran has hoisted its flag in international waters seven to eight thousand kilometers away (off the country's coast) shows the might of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Sayyari said.
He said Iran's presence in international waters is important for the region as well.
The vessels, Khark and Alvand, are currently docked at a Syrian port for training amid efforts by the United States and Israel to portray the mission as a cause for concern.
The 1,500-ton patrol frigate Alvand is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, while the larger 33,000-ton supply vessel Khark has 250 crewmembers and can carry three helicopters.
(Source: Press TV)