The Iranian Navy plans to deploy forces to international waters of over 2,000km in depth in what the state media reports is in “order to maintain the Islamic Republic’s sway in high seas.”
“We pursue a vision for the depths of high seas. We plan to have a presence at over 2,000-km-deep [waters]. That is why we must pay attention to the development of the shores,” said Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani.
Irani did not reveal any more details.
On April 21, the navy chief said on Arabic-language al-Alam TV that the country’s naval forces “were roaming in free waters of the world without any problem.” He added that no foreign country “would ever dare approach the Islamic Republic’s territorial waters.”
“Nowadays, the northern Indian Ocean is a main waterway to connect the continents. If we do not have an effective presence, governments without a right will come [to the region] and approach our territorial waters. However, owing to the authority and presence of our fleet in high seas and [their] constant monitoring, we do not have any problems and no country dares approach our country’s waters,” Irani said.