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41st flotilla of Iran Navy off to Gulf of Aden

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed 1 Jun 2016 - 15:15

TEHRAN (ISNA)- The 41st flotilla of Iranian Navy was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden from Abbas Port, southern Iran.

The flotilla involves Lavan logistic warship and another destroyer.

Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari was also present in the dispatching ceremony.

The flotilla aims to establish security for shipping lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran and confront Iranophobia projects.

The 40th flotilla of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy included Alborz destroyer and Tunb logistic war ship which aimed to protect ships and vessels of the Islamic Republic of Iran berthed in Abbas Port after completing its mission in the Gulf of Aden.

"Different naval flotillas of the country are on mission with the message of might and peace," Sayyari said.

Also, the Iranian Navy's 40th fleet of warships, which had been dispatched to the high seas on a 55-day mission, was welcomed after returning home in Bandar Abbas port in Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

The flotilla of warships ended its mission in the Gulf of Aden, and returned home after tracing and identifying 762 cargo ships and 16 Iranian navy vessels during its mission.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

Linking the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aden is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.

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