Iranian Flotilla Arrives Home after Completing Mission

Iranian Flotilla Arrives Home after Completing Mission

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Navy’s 38th flotilla of warships berthed at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Saturday, after completing its 75-day mission in international waters.

The naval fleet was welcomed in an official ceremony attended by Iran's Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi in Bandar Abbas.

Speaking at the ceremony, Admiral Babak Abdollahi, the commander of the flotilla, said that during its mission, the fleet sailed 7,600 nautical miles, tracked 282 military and civilian vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden and monitored 235 merchant ships and oil tankers in the high seas using its advanced radars.

The flotilla comprising Martyr Naqdi destroyer, Lavan logistic warship and Bushehr vessel had been deployed to international waters on January 20 after a week-long naval war game code-named “Velayat 94” in the country’s southeastern waters.

The war game covered an area of around 3 million square kilometers, stretching from east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, known as the 10-degrees latitude.

Iran’s naval forces have in recent years increased their presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for Iranian trade vessels and oil tankers.

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