Iran’s Naval Forces are escorting the country’s ships in areas where enemies are present to safeguard maritime trade and economic security, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said.

“The Persian Gulf is now considered the most secure maritime point in the world, and we mainly escort our ships in areas such as the Gulf of Aden and the Atlantic Ocean,” Rear Admiral Irani told reporters on the sidelines of the Cultural and Artistic Festival of the National Persian Gulf Day on Monday.

He said that the Persian Gulf is a symbol of Iranian might, emphasizing the commitment of the Naval Force in escorting Iranian ships in regions where enemies of the Islamic Republic are present, ensuring the safety and security of sailors and merchants in fulfilling the country’s economic needs.

Irani said the country’s Navy had within less than 67 days established maritime dominance in the Persian Gulf during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and cut off the “economic arteries” of the Iraqi Baathist enemy in the region.

He highlighted the key ports of Bandar Imam, Bushehr, and Khark Oil Terminal, which operated under complete security provided by the Navy, leading to significant victories bestowed upon the people by the armed forces.

Praising Iran’s military capabilities and numerous victories of the country’s armed forces, the Navy Commander reiterated the ongoing successes since the Sacred Defense era (Iran-Iraq war), the latest being Operation True Promise, in which the IRGC Aerospace Force on April 14 launched a wave of cruise and ballistic missiles and drones against military targets in the Israeli occupied territories in retaliation for the Israeli regime’s April 1 airstrike that killed seven Iranian military commanders and advisers in Syria.


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