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News number: 8709140835

16:19 | 2008-12-04


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Commander Stresses Self-Sufficiency of Iranian Navy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari stated on Tuesday that Iran is capable of domestically producing various types of naval vessels.

In a meeting commemorating Iran's Navy Day, he told the military attaches of foreign embassies in Tehran, "The experience gained during the eight years of the Sacred Defense (1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war) taught us not to rely on anyone and to produce all the necessary defense equipment by ourselves."

The Islamic Republic successfully carried out the Morvarid (pearl) naval operation during the Iran-Iraq war on Azar 7, 1358 (November 28, 1980), and its anniversary is now commemorated as Navy Day in Iran.

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

Navy Day occurred on November 27 this year due to the fact that the leap years in the Iranian and Western calendars do not coincide, and thus dates are shifted once every four years.

According to Tehran Times, Sayyari expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Iranian Navy is currently equipped with sophisticated modern weaponry and machinery.

He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran, in addition to modifying equipment, is also capable of manufacturing various kinds of naval vessels such as missile cruisers and destroyers.

More importantly Iran has developed "submarine capabilities", the Navy commander noted.

"We did not have submarine capabilities during the Sacred Defense," but, in less than two decades, Iran is now capable of manufacturing various types of submarines and modern naval equipment, he said.

Commenting on military training, he stated that the Navy, based on its experiences from the Iran-Iraq war, provides its personnel with all the needed training inside the country, whereas before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, over 80 percent of the training was done outside Iran.

"All the military exercises and maneuvers are planned to correspond to the threats against the country," and thus the Navy is prepared to vigorously defend all the country's maritime borders, Sayyari explained.

"Our future path has been planned based on the country's Outlook Plan," and the Iranian Navy is now the most powerful naval force in the region, the Navy commander stated.

The 20-Year Outlook Plan defines a macro strategy for the country's economic, social, and cultural development for the next 20 years.

In addition, Iran has always taken the lead in efforts to establish amicable relations among neighboring countries and friendly states, he said.