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12/08/10

Iran Marks Navy Day

By Amir Mirzaattari, Mehr News Agency, Tehran

"Iran's Navy possesses most advanced military equipment"

Iran's Navy possesses the most advanced military equipment and research centers, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Monday. Sayyari, the commander of Iran's Navy, made the remarks during a ceremony held in Tehran to mark the Navy Day, which was attended by a number of military attaches from over 30 countries.

Iran's navy has been upgrading its military equipment since 1988, when its eight-year war with Iraq ended, he said.

"The navy has reached self-sufficiency in producing all different types of ammunition and currently it uses its own equipment," he stated.

For instance, torpedoes and other shore-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles are manufactured inside the country, the commander explained.

In addition, Iranian submarines, Jamaran destroyers, and Sina class frigates are currently used in the naval missions, the general said.

He went on to say that Iran's Navy has already deployed battleships in the sensitive water areas including the Gulf of Aden and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait - the narrow waterway separating Asia and Africa - in order to improve security situation there.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Sayyari said the Navy's message to Iran's neighbors is "message of peace and brotherhood".

The Islamic Republic also believes the security and stability in the region can and should be established through cooperation of all regional countries, the navy chief noted.

Iran's navy is also prepared to share its military experiences with other countries and provide them with military trainings, the rear admiral proposed.

Sayyari also said the Navy is in complete preparedness to counter any possible threat against the country.

So far, the navy has successfully test-fired several domestically-manufactured naval missiles in war games in the Persian Gulf.

The Nasr, Nour, Saeqeh, Fajr III, and Fajr V, with a range of 45 kilometers to 300 kilometers are some of the examples.

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