Iran’s 24th fleet to dock at Sri Lankan port

TEHRAN: Iranian Army’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country’s 24th fleet will dock at a port in Sri Lanka in a few days’ time. 

“The 24th fleet of Iran’s Navy will dock at a port in Sri Lanka on March 21,” Sayyari said on Sunday.  

Sayyari underscored the capabilities of the naval forces of the Iranian Army, adding, “We sailed the Pacific Ocean and docked at China’s port city of Zhangjiagang for the first time last week,” he added.  

The Iranian Navy’s 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. 

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