Iran’s Navy commander said his force is capable enough to expand its presence in high seas given its indigenous potential to manufacture heavier destroyers and cruise ships.

“The more we want to advance into high seas, the heavier destroyers and cruise ships we need and we have technical facilities and knowhow to domestically manufacture such vessels if the administration supports us,” said Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Sunday.

The commander added that the Navy needs new equipment and educational to train its officers for carrying out missions across the ocean.

Last February, Iranian Navy’s fleet of warships entered the Atlantic Ocean for the first time and moved towards the US maritime border.

Iranian Navy’s 29th fleet of warships departed for the Atlantic Ocean late in January in a bid to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers in the high seas.