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Iran sends 14th fleet to Gulf of Aden
Sun, 01 May 2011 12:08:04 GMT
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The Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has dispatched its 14th fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden on a mission to provide safety of Iranian vessels.

On Saturday, the Navy's 13th fleet comprised of Tonb and Delvar vessels returned from a 44-day mission in the Gulf of Aden.

Rear Admiral Kamran Farhang-Javid said the safety of the region would always be provided through the vigilance of Iranian naval forces.

Farhang-Javid added that “the Navy's 14th fleet of warships, comprised of Bandar Abbas warship and Shahid Naqdi destroyer” has been send to the Gulf of Aden to safeguard the country's shipping lines.

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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