Iran Navy 18th Task Force comprising IRINS Shahid Naqdi, a Bayandar class corvette, and IRINS Kharg, a replenishment ship, today returned from Syria through the Suez Canal. The ships had entered the Syrian port of Tartous on Friday [Gulf News, 21 February].
The Arab press has termed the visit to Syria by the Iran Navy Task Force as a show of support for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled government.
Photo: IRINS Kharg crossing the Suez Canal, 21 February 2012. Reuters