“We have all convened here for the very same objective that is to promote convergence, consultation, and interaction for establishing security in the Indian Ocean which is one of the most strategic oceans in the world,” Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Mohammad Reza Azizi, during the meeting of the IONS Naval Security Commission in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Tuesday.
“We believe that the IONS Naval Security Commission, as one of the
trio-commissions of the symposium, has not had a successful function despite the fact that the IONS was formed 10 years ago,” he added.
“As the new chair of the commission, I am after a dynamic, active and serious move to forward joint cooperation to reach a comprehensive and complete protocol on naval security, with sharing views and ideas together,” he said.
The Iranian commander proposed that staging joint anti-piracy drills with the partnership of IONS states and observing members is one of the ways to meet this call.
He said that the formation of the current two-day meeting in Bandar Abbas was a good start in the early months of 2019, voicing hope for further good and positive results during the event.
Early in December, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi
said that the Navy continues to make great progress, following the instructions of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei who has called upon the force to gain further strength on the sea.
Khanzadi said that the Iranian Leader during a phone call had ordered naval forces to embark on voyages in the oceans whenever they were ready.
Speaking in a conference at AJA University of Command and Staff in Tehran, during which he quoted Ayatollah Khamenei too as saying “the presence of power in the sea per se is a sign of power, so if we want to be in the sea, we need knowledge, technology, specialist human forces and very advanced equipment”.
Khanzadi further said that in line with the instructions of the Leader, the Iran
ian naval forces are making huge achievements in the sea.
He further quoted the Iranian Leader ordering the naval forces “to embark on oceanic voyages whenever they are ready”.
With regard to plans for going on oceanic voyages, the commander of the Navy said that with deploying 58 flotillas since a long time ago, the Army’s navy has taken measures to combat piracy and to establish maritime security.
Khanzadi further emphasized the importance of active defense diplomacy, saying “if we have a political and defensive diplomacy, we can defeat the enemies’ strategy of imposing sanctions.”
He further explained that the enemies are seeking to lay the ground to gain other countries’ cooperation with their plans through waging a media warfare, adding the
active defense diplomacy can defeat majority of those psychological warfare.
Pointing to the Iran’s two-year presidency over the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), the navy commander further said “we have planned that during the first six months of next year to have a joint search and rescue operations in cooperation with other countries.”
Three days earlier, on Saturday, Iran delivered its most advanced home-made destroyer, Sahand, to the naval forces in the Persian Gulf.
Sahand destroyer was launched in Bandar Abbas port city in a ceremony participated by Iran’s army commander, navy commander and deputy defense minister.
The Iranian Navy announced late 2013 that it planned to equip its (then) under-construction Sahand destroyer with more advanced weapons and electronic war systems than it
s first generation destroyer, Jamaran.
“The first feature of Sahand is that its radar-evading capability has increased up to 30% and the form of its hull makes its detection by radars more difficult,” Head of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Ali Qolamzadeh told FNA at the time.
He said that the volume of Sahand’s store, deposit and stock rooms have increased in a way that it can continue sailing distances twice farther than what Jamaran could traverse.
“Also the number of its radar and weapons system has at least been doubled and new electronic war systems have been mounted on it,” Qolamzadeh said.
He said that the Navy will also mount its new long-range phased-array radar system, named ‘Asr’, on Sahand if no newer radar system is made in the country until the destroyer is prepared for mission.
The destroyer is also able to journey across the faraway oceans for 150 days along with a logistic vessel.
Iran has made major achievements in manufacturing different weapons and military equipment.
Two new indigenized Qadir-class submarines joined the Iranian Naval fleet in the Southern waters of the Persian Gulf on Thursday.
The submarines which are capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines were unveiled during a ceremony at the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi attended the ceremony which was held on the occasion of the Navy Day.
The Qadir-class submarines are designed to cruise within the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf to ensure peace and security of Iran’s maritime borders.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with the Navy officials and commanders on Wednesday said that delivering Sahand destroyer and Fateh and Qadir submarines to the Naval forces heralded possibility for further progress.
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