TEHERAN – The Iranian Navy has withstood the enemies in the seas, the naval commander said, reiterating the position of the military commanders that Iran will respond decisively to any mischievous act.
“We will respond strongly and overwhelmingly to every threat and sea action by the enemy,” said Rear Admiral Shahram Irani in an interview with Tasnim published on Saturday.
Speaking to the Tasnim reporter in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province, he said the Navy is maintaining security at the sea borders.
“The Navy is present at sea around the clock to restore sustainable security,” he emphasized.
The naval chief also said that the personnel on Iranian warships were from different ethnic groups.
“It doesn’t matter where these people come from, because our 24/7 efforts and strategy is that together we should preserve the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran as best we can and with great authority.”
The senior military official said the friends and enemies have come to the conclusion that the Iranian armed forces stand united against the enemy and insisted, “We will respond decisively and decisively to any threat or course of action.”
Admiral Irani stressed that the navy personnel had been steadfast and said they will continue to proudly fly the Iranian flag in international waters.
“Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has always faced sanctions, conspiracies and threats, with the strong presence of naval personnel at sea and the production of the best and most modern equipment by the country’s youth, we have the calamity of the enemy,” noted the military official.
Admiral Irani stated elsewhere in his remarks that the population of the Kurdistan Province had always played an important role in guarding the country’s borders.
“The locals who live in border areas always protect the borders with a revolutionary spirit, rightly and with authority,” said Irani, an ethnic Sunni Kurd.
The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appointed Irani chief of the navy on August 17th. His appointment earned the praise of the Kurdish parliamentary group.
In a September 8 statement, the admiral said Iran was now able to sail on all open seas.
At a press conference, Irani described the mission of the 75th Navy in the northern Indian Ocean and St. Petersburg as “the largest and most historic naval mission”.
He spoke of the naval fleet, which consisted of Sahand destroyers.
The mission was completed with vigor and success by traveling about 45,000 kilometers in the oceans and facing the harsh nature of the oceans and returning them home safely, Irani explained.
“During this mission, it was important to demonstrate the self-confidence and capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran on a global level. Those who never believed in the ability of Iranian children now believe in this ability, ”he said at the time.
On the other hand, Irani emphasized, this mission had given the friends of Iran hopes and created the opportunity to use this naval capacity in a desirable way.
The naval commander added that the crossing of 55 countries on three continents was aimed at sending a “message of peace and friendship” to the world.
“The Iranians have always been preachers of peace and friendship and have not attacked a country …” remarked the admiral.
The commander said that the mission took place despite tough economic sanctions and military threats against the Islamic Republic.
“The conditions imposed on us show that sanctions and threats against the Iranians never work and that we can overcome major obstacles on our own,” he emphasized.
Irani stressed that the fleet is the result of the experience Iran has had since 2009.
The admiral explained the missions of the Iranian Navy.
“Aside from the Indian Ocean, we went towards the China Sea and visited this region with the destroyer Sabalan. Then we visited the Mediterranean by bypassing the Suez Canal. Then we took another step and went to the Cape of Good Hope. And in 20121 we crossed three oceans with honor and took part in the parade of the Russian Navy, ”he said.
The admiral added that the naval mission provides security for maritime trade for both Iran and others.
“We didn’t just create security for our own economic purposes. Others took advantage of it, and we can say that we gave security to others too,” said the naval commander.
He also said that if an order is issued, Iran can exercise authority on all open seas today.
The admiral went on to say that fuel location is important to Iran.
“Soon we will see the construction of the first pan-Iranian fuel that will help all units in the sea,” emphasized Irani.
When asked about the challenges facing the 75th Fleet, the Navy chief said the greatest challenge the fleet faces is demonstrating its confidence.
“We are the only country that single-handedly fulfills our maritime security, and this group of ships continued their voyage without seeking help from any country,” he said.
Irani emphasized that Iran does not need a port on the way, not even to meet the technical needs.
“The enemy’s attention on our fleet was more focused on seeing whether we were breaking the rules or not. Thank God we didn’t break any rules and we were able to cross three important channels and eight straits safely,” said the Navy chief .
On September 23, the IRGC’s second in command, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, said that while the US itself was unable to undertake a military adventure against Iran, it was clear that the Islamic Republic would not allow its deputies to do so .
“If the US can’t take action against Iran, we won’t even allow its deputies to do so,” Fadavi said on a talk show.
Fadavi made these remarks when Iran was celebrating Holy Defense Week.
Iran calls defense against the invading Saddam army in the 1980s sacred defense.