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News number: 8806141370

16:52 | 2009-09-05

Defence

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Commander Lauds Navy Fleet for Saving Iranian Ships in Gulf of Aden

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian Navy Commander praised the performance of the country's second fleet of warships during its mission in the Gulf of Aden, announcing that the fleet succeeded in saving a group of Iranian freight ships in the area on July 27.



"On July 27th, sea pirates sought to approach the Iranian cargo ships but failed after the presence of the Iranian Navy's fleet," Commander Ebrahim Ashkan added in a ceremony marking the return home of Iran's second fleet of warships from a 64-day mission to the Gulf of Aden.

Noting that the second Iranian fleet traversed 9,375 miles during its mission, he reiterated that the mission was completed successfully due to the strong commitment and high expertise, skillfulness and capability of the Iranian Navy forces.

"In recent days we have witness the dispatch of the third fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran's fleet which includes Sabalan destroyer and logistic Khark battleship to the Gulf of Aden region," Ashkan reminded, underlying that the country would continue dispatch of troops to the high seas in a bid to assure safe passage for Iranian ships.

The Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy dispatched its third fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden in last Monday.

The fleet, which includes Khark battleship and Sabalan destroyer with 400 personnel and naval forces, replaced the second fleet in the region.

The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, is an important energy corridor, particularly for Persian Gulf oil heading West through the Suez Canal.