0342 GMT July 22, 2019
“Iran’s naval flotillas have been deployed in line with international law to provide security for commercial ships and oil tankers passing through the Gulf of Aden, a region which has become insecure due to piracy,” Sayyari said in a military ceremony in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, IRNA reported.
He noted that the navy has saved more than 4,000 trade vessels across the waters of the Gulf of Aden and north of the Indian Ocean.
Sayyari added that Iranian naval forces are monitoring all movements by regional and transregional vessels in northern parts of the Indian Ocean.
Iran has proved its mighty presence in high seas over the past nine years, while many believed that such presence would be temporary, he added.
Highlighting the navy’s self-sufficiency in manufacturing various equipment, the commander said his forces are capable of carrying out any operation in any part of the world.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in high seas to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.