Iran sends naval fleet to Gulf of Aden

TEHRAN: Amid escalating tension over Iranian inspired uprising in Yemen, Tehran Wednesday dispatched its 32nd naval fleet to the Gulf of Aden.
Iranian Navy fleet left the country's southern port of Bandar Abbas for Gulf of Aden apparently to provide security for shipping lines in the region.
The fleet of warships, which includes the Jamaran destroyer and Bushehr logistic vessel will sail through the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Bandar Jask, the Sea of Oman, Makran region, north of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and the strait of Bab al-Mandab.
It has been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to protect the Islamic Republic’s interests in remote waters, a naval officer said.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters recently took control of strategic port city of Bab al-Mandab on Gulf of Aden.
Ansarullah which is modelled on the pattern of Lebanese Hezbollah has made spectacular gains in recent months sweeping across the strategically located Arab country bordering Saudi Arabia. The group wants to establish Iranian style of government in Yemen.

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