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Commander Praises Iran's Naval Power in Combating Pirates

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari said on Thursday that piracy in the northern Indian Ocean was almost terminated due to the deployment of Iran's naval forces in the region.

"The devilish phenomenon of piracy was almost uprooted in the northern Indian Ocean with the presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy in the region," Sayari said, addressing a gathering in a Navy cadet training center in Sirjan, southern Iran.

Iran had sent 6 warships and logistic vessels to the Gulf of Aden and the surrounding international waters to safeguard Iranian trade cargo ships against piracy.

The move was in line with UN resolutions 1838 and 1846 and a request by the Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Elaborating on the Navy's tasks, Sayari underlined that his forces are responsible for protecting the country's sea borders and powerfully defending Iran's waters and interests in the Persian Gulf and other regions.

He also referred to the preparedness and self-sufficiency of the Navy, and said, "Today, (presenting) specialized trainings and production of advanced weapons are all carried out inside the country and this is the sign of our ever-increasing power."

Meantime on Monday an Iranian commander announced that the Iranian Navy deployed two warships to join international efforts to preserve shipping security in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.

Iran's Deputy Naval Commander Gholam Reza Khadem said that the dispatched warships are set to replace aging vessels and protect Iranian merchant containers and oil tankers from Somali pirates in the volatile Gulf of Aden.

The replacement mission came only a week after the Iranian navy saved one of the country's giant oil tankers from the grips of Somali pirates.

... Payvand News - 07/24/09 ... --

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