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Iran Planning to Widen Naval Presence in Oceans.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A top Commander of the Iranian Army announced here on Wednesday that the country plans to boost its naval presence in the far seas and oceans in the coming Iranian year (starts on March 21).

Elaborating on the Army's strategies for the coming Iranian calendar year, Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi recalled dispatch of Navy forces and warships to the Mediterranean Sea and the Syrian coasts, and added, "The Navy will move along oceans next year."

"The move will demonstrate Iran's might and power and at the same time conveys Iran's message of peace and friendship (to the world countries)," Salehi stated.

He further said that the Army also plans to display its latest achievements and products in the field of air-defense next year.

Earlier this month, two Iranian military vessels, Khark and Alvand, docked in Syria for training amid attempts by the United States and Israel to brand the mission as a cause for concern.

The 1,500-ton patrol frigate Alvand is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, while the larger 33,000-ton supply vessel Khark has 250 crewmembers and can carry three helicopters.

Earlier, Commander of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the Iranian Navy plans to expand its operational zone far beyond the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in the next Iranian year (starts on March 21).

"The area of operation of the Army's Navy will be expanded in 1390 (the next Iranian year which will start next week)," Sayyari said on Saturday.

"We will find control over more waterways through dispatching fleets of warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy to the regions outside the Persian Gulf," the commander stressed.

He added that the move would both expand the Navy's operation zone and pave the ground for halting pirate attacks on Iranian tankers and trade vessels.

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