0104 GMT December 12, 2019
“The issue of security and establishing it is the responsibility of all governments and national power is achieved by activities in this area,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said in a speech in Tehran on Wednesday, Tasnim reported.
Iran’s Armed Forces provide this security, he said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy is protecting the country’s territorial integrity and defending its interests in the sea.
That is why the navy has dispatched 64 naval flotillas to high seas to protect the country’s interests, the commander added.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in international waters to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.
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 ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.