The Iranian Navy’s 53rd flotilla of warships, comprised of Alvand and Bushehr destroyers, was welcomed by Commander of the Southern Fleet’s Moqaddam base Admiral Afshin Tashak in a ceremony in Bandar Abbas.
The 53rd flotilla of the Navy returned to the country after 30 days of sailing and fulfilling missions in the international waters.
The 54th fleet of the Iranian warships, consisting of the strategic Khark warship and Sabalan destroyer, was sent to the high seas weeks ago to replace the 53rd flotilla.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden – which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea – is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.