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Iran's fleet of warships berth in Oman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 13, IRNA -- The Iranian Navy announced that its 45th flotilla has berthed in the port city of Salalah in Oman on Monday.

The mission of the Navy's 45th flotilla started right after its predecessor flotilla 44th concluded its mission in the high seas.

The Iranian Navy's flotilla comprising Naqdi destroyer and Tunb logistic vessel is slated to protect Iran's cargo vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait.

The Iranian Navy's 44th flotilla of warships returned home on Saturday morning after a five-month mission in the high seas and foiling pirate attacks in Bab al-Mandab Strait.

The 44th fleet of Iran's Navy, comprising Alvand and Bushehr warships, ended its 150-day mission on Saturday morning by berthing at the coast of Iran's port city of Bandar Abbas.

In mid-February, Iranian Navy's 44th flotilla of warships repulsed pirates' massive attack on one of the country's cargo vessels in free waters after fierce clashes.

A sum of 11 pirate boats attacked an Iranian cargo ship in Bab al-Mandab Strait and tried to hijack it, but they received a harsh response from Iran's 44th fleet of warships that had rushed to the trade vessel's rescue.

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced in November that his forces deployed in the high seas had escorted 3,844 cargo ships and oil tankers so far.

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