Iran is planning to send its 15th fleet, comprised of a submarine and a warship, to the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, semi-official news agency Press TV quoted Iranian naval commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying on Tuesday.

Sayari stated that the purpose of the deployment is to patrol in the high seas and display the great capabilities of the Islamic Republic. He added that the fleet would combat pirates.

The Iranian naval commander said that Iran's presence in the Red Sea would tighten security for all countries.

“The presence of Iran's Army in the high seas will convey the message of peace and friendship to all countries,” he said. 

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