The Iranian Navy is planning to expand its area of operation beyond the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman in the next Iranian year (starting March 21), Commander of Iran Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has said.

“We will find control over more waterways through dispatching fleets of warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy to the regions outside the Persian Gulf,” the commander added.

He also stressed that, “deployment of fleets of warships to other countries will be continued as we are trying to confront and defuse the [West’s] Iranophobia propaganda.”

The boost to regional deployments will pave the way for preventing pirate attacks on Iranian tankers and trade vessels, according to Fars News Agency.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008.