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Iran Navy has plans for presence in open seas: Commander

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Shahr-e Ray, Nov 27, IRNA -- Iranian Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Thursday the Navy has plans for the powerful presence in international waters.

Speaking at a gathering in the mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini, southern Tehran, he said that the Navy is prepared to defend values of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He said presence of Irans Navy in the international waters aims to protect national borders and carry the message of friendship of the Islamic Revolution to the other countries in all political, economic, cultural and scientific fields.

He made the remarks on the eve of November 28 the anniversary of a courageous operation by Irans Navy during the eight years of Iraqi-imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) under the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. It was called the Operation Morvarid.

The Operation Morvarid was launched by the Iranian Navy and Iranian Air Force against the Iraqi Navy and Air Force on 28 November 1980 in response to Iraq positioning radar and monitoring equipment on the Al-Bakr and Khor-al-Amaya oil rigs to counter Iranian air operations.

The operation resulted in a victory for Iran, which managed to destroy both oil rigs as well as much of the Iraqi Navy and inflicted significant damage to Iraqi ports and airfields.

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