0820 GMT January 23, 2020
“We observe all enemy ships, particularly (those of) America, point-by-point from their origin until the moment they enter the region,” Khanzadi said, noting that images were recorded using Iranian drones, Reuters quoted YJC as reporting.
He added that Iran’s Armed Forces also possess information about the type of their missions and their conduct in the region.
Khanzadi also complained that enemy ships create “severe insecurity” by “aimless sailing and hypocritical behavior” in the region.
“Our drones monitor their ships and warships from their entry moment and the monitoring process continues until they sail into the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Their behavior in the Persian Gulf, which is part of our identity and our backyard, is fully under watch based on international law and aviation regulations,” he said.
Elaborating on Iran’s drone capabilities, Khanzadi said, today, Iran manufactures drones as a low-cost piece of military equipment to keep watch on the region, according to Press TV.
Asked about UAVs for intercontinental missions, the Iranian Navy chief said, “Yes, now we have this type of drones and will definitely use them if necessary.”
He also slammed the UK’s seizure of Iranian-owned supertanker Grace 1 in the Strait of Gibraltar on June 4, adding that the era of “bullying” in the sea is over, and that the interests and sovereignty of all nations should be respected.
He further referred to the June 19 unsafe maneuver by the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, which led to its detention by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The British tanker, Khanzadi said, violated Iranian and international maritime laws, entered the Strait of Hormuz from a busy exit lane, turned off its trackers, and had incomplete documents.
“Contrary to the Britons, the Iranian Armed Forces, including the navy, acted within the Iran’s maritime law and international maritime rules” in the mutual ship detentions, he noted.
Khanzadi added that Iran will hold joint naval exercises with allied countries for the first time by the end of the Iranian calendar year, March 2020.