Commander of the 24th fleet of Iran‚Äôs Navy, Capitan Seyyed Omid Golestaneh, said the flotilla anchored at the Port of Colombo — the largest and busiest port in Sri Lanka – on Thursday. He added that the armada conveys the message of peace and friendship to regional countries, Eastern and Southeastern Asian states in particular.
The Iranian Navy‚Äôs 24th fleet of warships, comprising Sabalan destroyer and Kharg helicopter carrier, docked in Zhangjiagang port on March 4 after sailing 13,000 kilometers in 40 days.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for Iranian merchant vessels and tankers.
In addition, in line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.