Iran Navy to send 42nd flotilla to high seas

The 42nd flotilla of the Iranian Navy plans to set off for high seas to safeguard maritime routes used by Iranian vessels operating in international waters.

The flotilla will be dispatched to high seas on Monday simultaneous with the return of the 41st fleet of the Iranian Navy to the country.

The 41st flotilla, consisting of Lavan logistic warship and Alborz destroyer, will arrive in the country’s southern coasts on Monday after sailing over 5,130 miles in 48 days.

During its presence in high seas, the fleet managed to escort 46 Iranian merchant ships and oil tankers.

Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari will attend a ceremony to welcome the return of the flotilla.

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.

In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been also conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 in order to safeguard merchant ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.

Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign vessels during its missions in international waters.

By Press TV