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16:50 | 2009-11-29


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Military Official:

Navy to Give Crushing Response to any Threat against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy is fully prepared to respond to any enemy threat and movement against the Islamic Republic, a senior Iranian commander underlined on Sunday.

"At present, the Iranian Army's Navy has been able to stage a powerful presence anywhere the Islamic Republic has faced a threat," Commander of Navy's Training Center in the southern city of Sirjan Hossein Rahmati said.

"Today this presence is shown most powerfully in the international waters and the world's oceans in an extent of 2,500 km," he added.

The Iranian Navy recently dispatched a fourth fleet of its warships to the Gulf of Aden to defend the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against continued attacks by the Somali pirates.

Iran has increased its naval capabilities through producing home-made vessels and naval tools, weapons and equipments.

Iranian Navy announced in August that the Navy plans to boost production of different types of home-made vessels.

Also in April, Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi announced that Iran plans to manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region.

Tehran announced in June that a home-made submarine, named Ghadir 948, had joined the naval brigade of the first naval zone.

In November, Iran announced that its first domestically built Ghadir class submarine launched operation.

The Iranian military said that the submarine can easily evade detection as it is equipped with sonar-evading technology and can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously.

Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said in November that Ghadir-class submarines are the second Iranian-built underwater craft outfitted with state-of-the-art electronic equipment.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is also capable of manufacturing various kinds of naval vessels such as missile cruisers and destroyers.