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News number: 9107123886

14:17 | 2012-12-03

Defence

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Commander Lauds Navy's Vast Operational Range

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy has been able to successfully expand its operational zone to the Northern waters of the Indian Ocean and is now operating in a vast area, a senior Iranian commander said.



"Stretching the Navy's operational range from a small limited zone to the northern waters of the Indian Ocean and an area of 2,000,100 square kilometers was another golden page in the history of the Navy's glories," Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, addressing veteran Navy men.

He added that the Navy's ability to expand its presence in the sea is vital for Iran's progress.

In May 2012, Sayyari had announced that the Navy plans to stretch its operational range in the Northern waters of the Indian Ocean.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Assistant Chief of Staff of Oman's Armed Forces Rashed Bin Seif Bin Al-Rashidi here in Tehran at the time, Sayyari stressed the necessity for further interactions between Iran and the countries on the Northern rims of the Indian Ocean given the Navy's plan to increase its operational zone.

"Given the expansion of the operational zone of the Army's Navy in the Northern Indian Ocean and our plan for going to waters beyond the 10-degree latitude, we need to have interaction and cooperation with the neighboring states, special countries in the North of the Indian Ocean," Sayyari stated.

He pointed to the Navy's presence in international waters in North of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, and stressed that maintaining such a naval presence demands cooperation with the neighboring states, Oman in particular, reminding that Muscat is among the ports where Iran's naval fleets dock to carry out their necessary tasks, like repair and maintenance.