January 24, 2014

REPORT: Iran Sends Two Warships to Atlantic

Cause for concern? Iran sends two Warships to Atlantic for the first time.

January 24, 2014
Andrew Pontbriand

According to Iranian State TV, two warships set sail on Tuesday to the Atlantic Ocean, the first time Iran has sent warships into these waters. The report, says Iran sent its Destroyer Sabalan, and it's helicopter carrier Khark, on its first ever 3 month voyage.

"The warships will have task of securing shipping routes as well as training new personnel," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Iran's navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying.

Iran has frequently set ships assail off the Gulf of Eden, to the East Coast of Africa to protect commercial ships and to fight piracy, but this time they set sail off the Port of Bandar Abbas, with 30 Navy Academy cadets, along with their regular crews.

The recent move by Iran seems to be a response to the U.S. presence in Bahrain, located in the Persian Gulf.

In 2012, Iran stated that it hopes to have ships in international waters close to the United States East Coast, and this seems to be the first move  This all comes following a new nuclear deal, which Iran has agreed to, halting its Uranium Enrichment to 20%.

Andrew Pontbriand is an Activist, Researcher, Contributor at Activist Post, and Writer/Editor of  The Resistance JournalsLike his Facebook Page here, and follow him on Twitter - @ResistJourn25

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