'Iran Navy to deploy warships to Mediterranean Sea'

January 17, 2013 08:50

Iranian warships are to be deployed to the Mediterranean sea, the Red Sea, and the Suez CanaI, Iranian news channel Press TV quoted Tehran's navy as announcing on Wednesday.

"The Navy’s 24th fleet of warships will patrol the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea for three months," Press TV quoted Iran's Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari as saying.

Ships are to also patrol "the north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb...and even as far as southeastern Asian countries,” Press TV reported.

Sayyari said the navy is to sail the region to "counter any threat against the interests of the Islamic Republic," in an apparent attempt to fluff feathers in the face of ongoing international debate regarding Iranian nuclear facilities.

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