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News number: 8806091578

18:34 | 2009-08-31

Defence

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Commander Lauds Navy's Performance in Gulf of Aden

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander on Monday praised the operational performance of the two fleets of warships dispatched by the Iranian Navy to the Gulf of Aden and the surrounding international waters to safeguard Iranian trade cargo ships against piracy.



"During the last four months, the Iranian warships have protected and escorted 300 Iranian cargo ships out of the danger zone," Commander of Iran's first Naval zone Fariborz Qaderpanah said at a special ceremony held in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas today to mark the dispatch of the third Iranian fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden.

"The Army's naval forces have escorted over 50 foreign vessels since the Navy's mission started in the Gulf of Aden (four months ago)," he added.

Praising the performance of Iran's naval forces in their mission in the high seas, Qaderpanah noted, "Protecting security of tankers, vessels and trade cargo ships has won us international admiration and this indicates the exemplary might and capacity of (Iran's) naval forces at the regional and global levels."

The Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy on Monday morning dispatched its third fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden.

The fleet, which includes Khark battleship and Sabalan destroyer with 400 personnel and naval forces, is slated to replace the second fleet in the region.

The commander further pointed out that the third Iranian fleet does not need to dock at any foreign ports for maintenance and repair or for loading food supply during their 2-month long mission, meaning that they will be on duty round the clock for the next two months.