Iran Increases Presence in International Waters

16 November 2010 (Last Updated November 16th, 2010 18:30)

Iran plans to deploy more warships and destroyers in international waters, Iran's Army Naval Force Deputy Commander Gholamreza Khadem Bigham has said. "In the near future more flotillas as well as the Jamaran destroyer will be deployed in the waters of friendly countries and internationa

Iran plans to deploy more warships and destroyers in international waters, Iran's Army Naval Force Deputy Commander Gholamreza Khadem Bigham has said.

"In the near future more flotillas as well as the Jamaran destroyer will be deployed in the waters of friendly countries and international waters far away," he said.

"Today, Iran's Navy is a strategic force, which must have a continuous and widespread presence in the region, particularly in the Indian Ocean."

Iran will send its warships to provide security for ships travelling in the world's busiest and most dangerous commercial route and to support the international community's efforts, according to Press TV.

The Gulf of Aden that links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, is the quickest route for the more than 20,000 vessels going from Asia to Europe and the Americas each year.