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Iranian Naval Commander: We Will Soon Deploy Warships In The Atlantic

By Patrick Goodenough, CNS News – “For the second time in less than a year, Iran’s top naval commander has said Iranian Navy vessels will soon be plying the Atlantic Ocean, having made great strides in recent years in expanding its presence beyond Iranian waters.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari’s comments came on the same day Iran launched its first domestically-built oil tanker. The 21,000-ton vessel, capable of carrying up to 750,000 barrels of oil, was ordered by Venezuela, and Sayyari’s remarks raise the possibility that a warship may escort the tanker on its delivery sailing to Iran’s Latin American ally.

Iran has also established close ties with Cuba, another potential destination for an Iranian Navy Atlantic voyage.

‘The navy has carried out successful activities in open seas, and in the near future we will witness the presence of the navy in the Atlantic Ocean,’ the Mehr news agency quoted Sayyari as saying.

‘The powerful presence of Iranian Navy in the high seas has proven the Islamic Republic’s might,’ he said.” Read more.

Flashback: Iranian Navy Chief: We Are Building Ten New Frigates And Destroyers – “Iran will build 10 new frigates and destroyers, Navy deputy chief Rear Adm. Abbas Zamini said on Wednesday. These include a Mowj-1 class destroyer, launched in 2010, and Velayat, a Mowj-2 class destroyer, whose construction is 70 percent complete and will finish by the end of the current year, he said, according to Press TV. The new projects also include Mowj and Sina-class destroyers and guided missile frigates, Zamini said. The Iranian Navy floated out its first domestically built destroyer, Jamaran, in February 2010.” Read more.

Flashback: Report: Iran Designing ‘Peaceful’ Nuclear Submarine – “Iran has begun to design its first nuclear submarine, the Islamic Republic’s semiofficial news agency Fars reported on Tuesday. The Fars report quotes deputy navy chief in charge of technical affairs, Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini, as saying that Iran has begun ‘initial stages’ of designing the nuclear-powered craft. Zamini added that Iran has developed ‘peaceful nuclear technology’ and has both the capability and the right to build a submarine.” Read more.

Flashback: Report: Iranian Navy Announces They Will Send Military Warships Close to the US Atlantic Coast – “Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States’ Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries. ‘Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders,’ the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency.” Read more.

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