Iran flotilla's Baku visit convey peace message (exclusive) (PHOTO)

Iran flotilla's Baku visit convey peace message (exclusive) (PHOTO)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22

By Farhad Daneshvar – Trend:

Iranian navy flotilla’s recent overseas mission to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, came as a friendly symbolic act aimed at strengthening friendly and brotherly ties among the Caspian Sea littoral states, an Iranian military official told Trend.

“The littoral states are capable of providing security in the Caspian Sea and there is no room for foreigners,” Military attache of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Azerbaijan Colonel Ali Seify said.

According to Colonel Ali Seify, an Iranian navy flotilla including the home-made Damavand destroyer and a missile-armed warship, dubbed Joshan arrived in Azerbaijan Oct. 19 to convey the message of peace and friendship as well as providing security in the Caspian Sea.

During the three-day visit, Iranian navy delegation, headed by 1st rank captain Abdulhuseyn Zafari, visited several military sites in Azerbaijan.

In the meantime, Azerbaijani military officials as well as military attaches of several foreign countries visited the Iranian warships to get acquainted with the capabilities of Iranian navy.

Expressing thanks for Azerbaijan’s warm hosting of Iranian flotilla, Colonel Ali Seify invited Azerbaijan’s navy to send a flotilla to visit his country.

The Iranian warships left Baku on Saturday morning.

Saying that the visit came in a bid to boost friendly maritime ties between the Caspian littoral states, Colonel Ali Seify reminded that Damavand destroyer and Joshan warship back in 2015 docked in the southern Russian port city of Astrakhan.

The Russian Navy also sent its flotilla to the Islamic Republic which has recently docked at Anzali port in northern Iran.

The home-grown Damavand destroyer, equipped with modern radar, electronic and reconnaissance systems, was delivered to the country’s naval forces stationed in Anzali in March 2015.

Iran has recently made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic maintains that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.

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