TEHRAN, Mar. 11 (Press Shia Agency) – The Iranian Navy’s 44th flotilla of warships returned home on Saturday morning after a five-month mission and foiling pirate attacks in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.
The 44th fleet of Iran’s Navy, comprising Alvand and Bushehr logistical destroyers, ended its 150-day mission one Saturday morning by berthing at the coast of Iran’s Bandar Abbas were it was warmly received by families of sailors.
Unlike false claims by certain countries that Iran’s Navy is incapable of making presence in the Atlantic Ocean, the 44th fleet successfully accomplished its mission in the second largest of the world’s oceans.
During its expedition, the 44th Fleet of Army’s Navy moored at Dar es Salaam port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast as well as at Durban Harbor in South Africa.
It is worth mentioning that the 30th and 38th fleets of the Iranian Navy had tied at Dar es Salaam port in the African country during their missions.
Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters especially uncharted waters in Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mandeb.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been also conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.