Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
The commander of the Iranian Navy says that the country's naval forces will even chase Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, if necessary.
“The Iranian Navy will remain in the Gulf of Aden as long as the situation in the Mandab Strait (Bab al-Mandeb) is insecure,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Sunday.
Sayyari noted that the Iranian Navy is currently in a very good situation because it can conduct missions under very difficult conditions.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali pirates hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship MV Delight off the coast of Yemen.
According to Iranian military sources, the country's navy has dispatched four fleets of warships to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.