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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Iran to Dispatch More Fleets of Warships to High Seas (including Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea)

Iran to Dispatch More Fleets of Warships to High Seas
News number: 9107136413 19:51 | 2013-01-16
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107136413

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy plans to dispatch its 24th flotilla of
warships to the high seas in the next few weeks, a senior Navy commander
announced on Wednesday, adding that the Iranian warships will patrol a
larger area in this mission.

"The 23rd fleet of warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy will return
home next week and the 24th fleet will be dispatched to the far seas for a
3-month mission," Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
told FNA in Iran's Northern city of Rasht today.

The commander added that the Iranian warships will patrol the Northern parts
of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden, Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the Red Sea, the
Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea and even have a voyage in the waters of
Southeast Asia.

The commander, however, underlined that the Iranian Navy's activities and
its combat capabilities "pose no threat to any country in the region" as
they just carry a message of peace and friendship for nations.

Iran started dispatching warships to the high seas after its cargo vessels
and tankers came under attack and were hijacked by Somali pirates. The
Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden
since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered
cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send
their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the
pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the
territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the
Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because
Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West through the Suez Canal.

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