Iran has dispatched a naval fleet to the Russian port city of Astrakhan in a move to consolidate friendly relations between Tehran and Moscow, a deputy commander of the Iranian Navy says.
“Two missile-launching warships, which were manufactured by the Iranian young specialists and joined the naval forces in 2003 and 2006, have been dispatched for the first time to Russia’s Astrakhan Port in the form of a naval group,” said Rear Admiral Siavash Jarreh on Wednesday.
The measure is aimed at consolidating the amicable ties between Iran and Russia and conveying Tehran’s message of peace and friendship to the Caspian Sea littoral states, the Iranian commander added.
During the Iranian naval fleet’s stay at Astrakhan Port, the Iranian naval officers will visit some military and port facilities in Russia and hold meetings with a number of high-ranking Russian commanders and officials, Jarreh pointed out.Iran Navy vessel descriptions match IRINS Joshan (P225) and IRINS Paykan (P224) Sina (Combattante II type) class patrol missile boats.
File photo: Sina class patrol missile boats
File photo: IRINS Paykan (P224)