Two Iranian vessels passed through the Suez Canal last February, soon after Egypt’s uprising, for the first time since the 1979 revolution. (REUTERS)
Two Iranian warships passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea this week.
Fars News reported:
The Iranian Navy’s 18th fleet of warships passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea, an Iranian navy commander confirmed on Saturday.
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The Iranian Navy dispatched its 18th flotilla of warships to the Gulf of Aden on January 21 to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against the Somali pirates. The Iranian warships docked at the Saudi port city of Jeddah a few days later.
The Navy’s 18th flotilla is comprised of Khark warship and Shahid Naqdi destroyer.
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday that the warships have made their second ever journey through the Suez Canal following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution in line with the orders of the Supreme Leader for having a stronger presence in the high seas.
He said that the fleet will convey the message of peace and friendship to the region and will demonstrate the Islamic Republic’s might.