Commander: Iran Keen to Restore Security of Key Strait, Gulf of Aden


Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined that Iran pays great heed to the security of Bab al-Mandab.

“The most important problem of the Iranian Navy is restoring security to the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said on Monday.

He pointed to the achievements of the Iranian Navy in the High Seas, and said, “The Iranian naval forces have escorted a total of 3,850 Iranian cargo and oil tanker vessels as well as 25 foreign ships in Bab al-Mandab and Gulf of Aden.”

He reiterated that several destroyers of the Iranian Navy, including Alvand destroyer, Bushehr logistic vessel are currently present in the Gulf of Aden.

Admiral Sayyari said that for the first time the Iranian Navy has managed to encircle the Cape of the Good Hope which is a record in itself.

“The gathering of Navy commanders of the Indian Ocean Rim countries will be hosted by Iranian Navy and countries from Europe will take part as an observer member,” he added.

In relevant remarks in late January, Admiral Sayyari stressed that his forces are equipped with advanced military systems and have shown a powerful presence in the international waters in the African continent.

“Presence in the African waters shows the Navy’s high power in scientific fields and its equipment with the world’s state-of-the-art weapons and warring and navigation devices,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said, addressing a gathering in the Northern city of Rasht.