Iranian Navy To Send Warships To Atlantic

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The Iranian Navy will ship warships to the Atlantic Ocean after March, a prime commander stated.

Iran is seeking to improve the working vary of its naval forces within the Atlantic, near the waters of the US, its arch enemy.

Tehran sees the presence of U.S. plane carriers within the Persian Gulf, alongside Irans coast, as a safety concern and its navy has appeared to counter that by displaying its naval presence close to U.S. waters.

‘The Atlantic Ocean is way and the operation of the Iranian naval flotilla may take 5 months,’ the official IRNA information company quoted Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani, Iran’s naval deputy commander, as saying.

Hassani stated the transfer was supposed to thwart Iranophobia plots and ‘safe transport routes.’

He stated Sahand, a newly-built destroyer, could be one of many warships deployed.

Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters and Iran says it’s geared up with antiaircraft and anti-ship weapons, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, and in addition has digital warfare capabilities.

The vessels are anticipated to dock in a pleasant South American nation similar to Venezuela, Iran’s Fars information company reported.

Hassani stated in December that Iran would quickly ship two to 3 vessels on a mission to Venezuela, an ally.

Iran’s navy has prolonged its attain lately, launching vessels within the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to guard Iranian ships from Somali pirates.

Based mostly on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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