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Navy's 13th fleet returns to Iran
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:27:32 GMT
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The Iranian Navy's warship
The Iranian Navy's 13th fleet of warships, comprised of Tonb and Delvar vessels have returned from a 44-day mission in the Gulf of Aden.

The Iranian Navy's Southern Fleet Rear Admiral Ebrahim Ashkan welcomed the fleet's personnel on Saturday, praising them as the pride of the nation and Army.

“The 13th fleet has covered 1,215 nautical miles during this mission, which shows the preparedness and capability of the Islamic Republic of Iran's naval forces,” Ashkan said.

The fleet was deployed to the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden in 2011 in a bid to guard Iranian merchant containers and oil-tankers.

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.

The Iranian Navy has so far dispatched a number of military warships to the Gulf of Aden to guard Iranian and foreign vessels sailing in international waters.

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