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Saturday that the country has sent several fleets of warships to the US
“The Iranian Army‘s naval fleets have already started their voyage towards
Northern Navy Fleet Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad announced on Saturday.
The admiral, who is also the commander of the Iranian Army’s 4th Naval Zone
said, “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime
borders, and this move has a message.”
In September 2012, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
reiterated Iran’s plans for sailing off the US coasts to counter the US
presence in its waters in the Persian Gulf.
Sayyari had earlier informed of Tehran’s plans to send its naval forces to
the Atlantic to deploy along the US marine borders, and in September 2012 he
said that this would happen “in the next few years”.
The plan is part of Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence
in the Persian Gulf. The US Navy‘s 5th fleet is based in Bahrain – across
the Persian Gulf from Iran – and the US has conducted two major maritime war
games in the last two years.
In September 2011, Sayyari had announced that the country planned to move
vessels into the Atlantic Ocean to start a naval buildup “near maritime
borders of the United States”.
“Like the arrogant powers that are present near our maritime borders, we
will also have a powerful presence close to the American marine borders,”
Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the
1980-1988 war with Iraq, Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment
could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.
Sayyari had first announced in July, 2011 that Iran was going to send “a
flotilla into the Atlantic”.
The Iranian navy has been developing its presence in international waters
since 2010, regularly launching vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of
Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates operating in the area.
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