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Persian patrol: Iran sends warships to Atlantics

Published time: January 22, 2014 14:15
The Iranian Kharg replenishment ship (AFP Photo)

The Iranian Kharg replenishment ship (AFP Photo)

The Iranian Navy is sending a fleet of warships to the Atlantic Ocean. Tehran says the ships will be defending sea routes while providing training for their crews.

Iran’s 29th fleet includes the destroyer, Sabalan, and helicopter-carrying support ship, Kharg, the state news agency FARS reported. It is to sail 25,000 nautical miles over its three-month long trip.

On Tuesday, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was attending a ceremony in the port city of Bandar Abba in Southern Iran to wish the fleet bon voyage.

His deputy, Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi, who was also present, said Iran is sending a message of peace and friendship to other nations by sending its fleet to international waters in the Atlantic.

Two Iranian warships Khark (back) and Sabalan (front) (Reuters)

The Sabalan is a 1,100-ton UK-built Alvand-class warship, which is usually classified as a frigate. Pre-revolution Iran commissioned fours such ships, but one of them was sunk by the US Navy in 1988 during the Iran-Iraq War.

The Kharg, also built in Britain, is an Ol-class tanker commissioned by the Persian Shah’s government with modifications to the original design and was delivered to the new revolutionary Iran in 1984.

Iran first announced its plans to dispatch warship to the Atlantic Ocean in December.

The Iranian Navy has been boosting its presence in international waters since November 2008, when it deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden in response to the Somalia pirates’ threat.

Comments (21)


Braxx Blaze 11.02.2014 17:17

The worlds elite are bulling Iran. Because its one of the few contrys left that does not have a Rothchild central banking system,, the elite dont like that fact lol so North korea, Iran and Cuba Watch out for the westeners


Roger Sonnex 03.02.2014 14:38

Iran is one of the few countries left to fight against the filth that is zionism


justnfree 02.02.2014 19:42

@Nida Khan
NCRI is political cover for MKO terrorists organization. Terrorist group that murdered more than 17000 Iranians in 80s. They were Saddam's ally and helped him to crack down on Iraqi people intifada in 1991 by killing tens of thousands of Iraqi people. Right now this politically and morally bankrupt terrorist group relies on help from zionists like Rudy Giuliani and James Woolsey by helping them with terror and sabtage operations in Iran after being kicked out Ashraf camp given to them by Saddam.

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