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Iranian frigate (warship) 'IS Alvand' in Suez AP 311.
Two Iranian Navy warships crossed the Suez Canal on Tuesday, for the first time
in over 30 years, in a belligerent move that the government says is an attempt
by the Islamic Republic to project its power throughout the Middle
East.The ships – the Kharg, which has 250 crew members and can carry
three helicopters, and the Alvand, which has a crew of 135 and is armed with
torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – entered the canal early on Tuesday morning
and arrived in the Mediterranean Sea by the evening.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
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