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News number: 9107111498

09:55 | 2012-10-09

Defence

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Iranian Navy Readying to Expand Global Presence

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said his forces plan to widen their presence in far seas and oceans across the globe.



"According to the guidelines of the Commander-in-Chief (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei), the strategic naval force of the Army is prepared to deploy in all international waters, including the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Southern Indian Ocean and even the South Pole," Sayyari told reporters here in Tehran on Monday.

Last month, Sayyari had announced that his forces are planning a voyage to the Antarctica.

"We have the capability to hoist Iran's flag in different regions from the North Pole to the South Pole," Sayyari said in a TV program aired on the occasion of the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.

"We have had coordination with the Oceanography Organization, and we are planning presence near the Antarctica," the commander said, stressed Iran's right to have presence in high seas.

In similar remarks in August, Managing-Director of Iran's National Institute for Oceanography (INIO) Vahid Chegini said the country is building an oceangoing research vessel to conduct exploratory missions in the South Pole.

Chegini told FNA that 35% of the construction phase of the 50-meter long oceangoing research vessel has so far been completed.

He added that the Defense Industries Organization of the Iranian ministry of defense has started construction of the vessel since spring 2011.

He stated that body of the vessel is made of steel and will be built by November 2012.