Major General Baqeri announced at a ceremony of joining of the new Deylaman destroyer to the country's Northern Naval fleet to strengthen security in the Caspian Sea.
The ceremony was held in the Northern Iranian port city of Anzali on Monday.
He underscored that the Iranian Navy plays a leading role in increasing the country's sustainable deterrent power in the face of the enemies.
Baqeri added that the Dillman destroyer sends a message of peace and friendship to all the neighbors of the Islamic Republic, in particular the Caspian Sea countries.
“The Caspian Sea is a sea of peace and friendship, and Iran enjoys amicable all-out military relations with all the Caspian Sea littoral states, so the Navy has once again stressed the message of friendship by building this destroyer, which is a great masterpiece in the history of the navy,” he continued.
Chief Commander of the Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, and several top military officials were also present at the ceremony.
Deylaman is the fifth Mowj class destroyer in the Jamaran class which is equipped with various types of domestically-manufactured defense systems and equipment.
Elsewhere in his address, Baqeri hailed the high capabilities of Iran's Navy, saying the manufacturing of the Deylaman destroyer under Western sanctions is a matter of hope and honor.
He added that the Iranian Armed Forces have been under sanctions imposed by the United States and its arrogant allies over the past 45 years.
He emphasized that the most severe sanctions have been imposed on Iran in recent years, however, the manufacturing of such a destroyer by Iranian scientists and artisans raised hope for the country's development and progress.
The general noted that Iran would enjoy more sustainable security in its northern parts and enhanced cooperation with the armies in the region following the joining of the destroyer.
In addition to state-of-the-art equipment, Baqeri said a faithful, smart, and committed workforce plays a leading role in defending the country.
Iranian military experts and engineers have in recent years made remarkable breakthroughs in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.