Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments in a meeting with Navy commanders and personnel on Tuesday, on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the national Navy Day, which marks the1980 victory over the Iraqi dictator Saddam’s forces in the Morvarid (Pearl) Operation during the US-backed imposed war on Iran.
The Leader said Iran’s Navy is “on the frontline” of defending the nation, and has in sight important regions and waters such as the Makran coastal strip and the Sea of Oman.
Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed the necessity of enhancing the Navy’s combat readiness and the military equipment at its disposal.
The Leader further said the Navy has the impetus for progress, adding that the maritime force is “today far more advanced and capable than 20 years ago, but this level of progress in not satisfactory.”
This trend of rapid progress should be pursued in all sectors “with high determination and morale,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
Prior to the Leader’s remarks, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi briefed the commander-in-chief of the armed forces on the activities, achievements and objectives of the force.