Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic is building a new model of the Jamaran destroyer dubbed Velayat.
“Iran's Navy has become self-sufficient in surface and undersurface vessels and aerial units, and does not need other countries,” Sayyari said on the sidelines of a military parade held on the occasion of the National Army Day on Monday.
The ground, air and naval forces of the Army displayed their defensive capabilities and military preparedness during the Monday event.
“Iran's Navy is monitoring and controlling all the movement of extra regional forces in [the country's] southern waters,” Fars News Agency quoted Sayyari as saying.
Referring to the presence of Iran's Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, Sayyari said the objective of the mission was to train students in locations, such as the Suez Canal, which have special navigating rules.
The Iranian Navy commander described strengthening friendly relations with regional countries as the other objective of the mission.
Sayyari concluded that Iran's Navy has the right to be present in all free waters.
Since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the country has embarked on a campaign for self-sufficiency in the defense industry and launched numerous military projects.
Last year in February, the Iranian Navy unveiled its first domestically-manufactured destroyer, Jamaran, in the waters of the Persian Gulf.
The 1,420-ton destroyer, equipped with modern radars and other electronic warfare capabilities, patrols the southern waters of the Persian Gulf.
The Jamaran has a top speed of up to 30 knots and a helipad. It also features highly advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface systems. The vessel has also been equipped with torpedoes and modern naval cannons.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that Tehran's defense doctrine is based on deterrence only.