The 18th flotilla of warships dispatched by Iran to the Gulf of Aden on an anti-piracy mission docked at the Saudi port city of Jeddah today, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday.
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 Somali pirates.
Addressing a ceremony here in Tehran today, Sayyari said the Iranian Navy's fleet of warships, comprised of Khark warship and Shahid Naqdi destroyer, docked at Jeddah this morning, and added that the mission is part of the Navy's moves in line with the orders of the Supreme Leader for having a stronger presence in the high seas.
The commander said that the navy ships' 70-80-day mission is aimed at demonstrating Iran's power in the high seas.
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IRINS Kharg (431) Kharg class replenishment ship (AORH)
IRINS Shahid Naqdi (82) Bayandar (PF 103) class corvette (FS)
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Hamed Jafarnejad at Fars News Agency