TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Iranian Navy’s 58th flotilla of warships docked at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Saturday after a 53-day mission in international waters.
The flotilla, comprising ‘Bayandor’ destroyer and ‘Tonb’ logistical warship, had been deployed to high seas as part of an intelligence-operational mission.
The flotilla travelled a total of 3,970 nautical miles during its overseas journey, which took it also to Oman’s port city of Salalah.
Iran’s naval forces have in recent years increased their presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for trade vessels and oil tankers.
In a meeting with Navy commanders earlier this month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei praised as “great and fabulous” the advances that Iranian military forces, the Navy in particular, have made since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, saying the Navy’s success in bringing into service homegrown vessels such as the Sahand destroyer or Fateh and Qadir submarines heralds more progress day after day.