Iran to send fleet to Atlantic Ocean

Iran Materials 18 July 2011 15:35 (UTC +04:00)

The Army is planning to send a fleet to the Atlantic Ocean after its successful presence in international waters, Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, Press Tv reported with reference to Fars news agency.

"Presence in the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal, south of the Indian Ocean and in international waters is on the top agenda of the Navy," Sayyari told on Monday.

The commander noted that Iran's Navy will send its fleet to the Atlantic after "final ratification."

He further explained that the Iranian warships will be equipped with Nour long-range anti-ship cruise missiles.

In February, two Iranian Navy ships, Khark and Alvand, passed through the Suez Canal, a strategic international shipping route in Egypt, for the first time since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

Early in July, Iran's Yunes submarine, sailing alongside warships of the 14th fleet of the Iranian Navy, returned home following an almost two-month-long mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The deployment of Iranian military submarine in the Red Sea was the first such operation by the country's navy in far-off waters.

Iran has also deployed warships in the Red Sea to combat Somali pirates.

Rampant piracy off the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia has made the waters among the most perilous in terms of pirate activities.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.

Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.