TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Navy’s 27th fleet of warships docked in Port Sudan as part of its mission to convey Iran’s message of peace and friendship to the regional countries, Navy announced on Wednesday.
The fleet of warships is comprised of Khark warship and Sabalan destroyer. Khark has 250 crewmembers and can carry three helicopters.
The Navy’s public relations office said in a statement that the fleet docked in Port Sudan after conducting a month of naval mission in the regional waters and the Red Sea.
The statement added that the flotilla has provided safe passage for 14 trade ships and oil tankers during its anti-piracy mission.
Navy said the visit is aimed at conveying the message of peace and friendship to the neighboring countries and strengthening relations between Iran and Sudan.
Since November 2008, the Iranian navy is conducting anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mendeb strait to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.
Under the terms of several UN Security Council resolutions, nations can deploy warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia to protect their merchantmen against the pirates and, after giving notice to Somali government, enter Somali territorial in pursuit of pirates.