Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his forces deployed in the high seas have escorted over 3,200 cargo ships and oil tankers so far.
"The Iranian Navy has dispatched 42 flotillas of warships to the international waters over past few years to ensure the safe passage of the country's commercial vessels and oil tankers in places where the pirates are active," Rear Admiral Sayyari said on Thursday.
The Iranian Navy commander, meantime, stressed the Iranian Navy's self-reliance in building and overhauling different equipment and weapons, and said, "Under the current conditions we rely on our internal capabilities to keep and overhaul different types of vessels as well as building and renovating missile-launching warships, destroyers and other equipment."
He underlined that the Iranian flotilla of warships are protecting the country's interests against pirates' attacks.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.