Deputy Coordinator of the Iranian Army announced the Navy readiness for escorting the Adrian Darya1 oil tanker, if necessary.

Deputy Coordinator of the Iranian Army announced the Navy's readiness for escorting the 'Adrian Darya' 1oil tanker, if necessary.

Iran Press/Iran news: The Islamic Republic’s Navy is ready to escort Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker if it is required by the country’s authorities,” Rear Admiral Sayyari said on Sunday.

He referred to the presence of Iranian Navy in Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, saying that the Islamic Republic’s naval forces have safeguarded over 6,000 vessels passing through international waters and are ready to escort Iranian vessels anytime and anywhere that is needed.

Last week, Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi had also announced Iran’s readiness to escort the recently-released Adrian Darya1 if needed, to protect it from any possible illegal measures by foreign forces.

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