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News number: 8806141362

16:20 | 2009-09-05

Defence

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Commander Emphasizes Security of Iran's Shipping Lines in High Seas

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Saturday underlined the importance of security for the country's ships in the high seas and the Gulf of Aden.



"The Gulf of Aden, Bab el-Mandeb Strait, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea are among the largest and the most important shipping passages for trade ships and tankers. More that 40 percent of Asian Gas is exported through these stretches of water," Sayyari said in a special ceremony this morning to welcome the Navy's second fleet of warships back home form a 64-day-long mission to high seas and the Gulf of Aden.

"Insecurity in that region will harm global economy," the commander warned, saying that about 65,000 trade cargo ships and takers pass through the region annually.

Sayyari also praised performance of the Navy's second fleet of warships during its mission in the Gulf of Aden, and viewed Iran's presence in the area side by side the naval forces of 30 other countries as an honor for the Islamic Republic.

He said that the fleet had traveled a 20,000 km journey in its mission.

The Iranian Navy's second fleet of warships came back home Saturday morning and was welcomed in a special ceremony held in Iran's Third Naval Zone in the southern port city of Chabahar and attended by the Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

The fleet, which included Bandar Abbas logistic ship and Shahid Naqdi destroyer, succeeded in boosting security in the region and providing safe passage for tens of Iranian trade cargo ships and tankers and also foreign vessels during its long mission.

Last Monday, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy dispatched its third fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden.