Iran flotilla heading for south Indian Ocean: Cmdr.
Iran Press TV
Thu Jun 5, 2014 10:12AM GMT
Iran's naval forces will, for the first time, set sail for the southern waters of the Indian Ocean, says the county's Navy commander.
"The 30th fleet [of the Iranian Navy] comprising the Islamic Republic destroyer together with Alvand and Bushehr warships are moving toward the equator en route to the southern Indian Ocean," Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Wednesday.
The Iranian commander further highlighted the full preparedness of the country's Armed Forces to defend the nation against any potential threat.
Earlier in April, Sayyari had said that the country's Navy would also sail to the Atlantic Ocean in the future.
In recent years, Iran's Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
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