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Iran, totally dominant over world shipping routes

29 December 2013 16:40

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Mehr News reported that according to the Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces appreciation that a good naval force is a ‘strategic naval force,’ the Force has experienced drastic change in approaches and objectives, making it standing out in terms of acting merely as a coastal force as a force acting beyond in the free waters.

‘Strategic’ Naval force had saved oil tankers; in addition, it had taken back many commercial ships of US, Pakistan, Liberia, and Singapore from the pirates roaming in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia waters as indicating Iran’s near-total domination over 10th parallel north, comprising an area covering the straits of Hormuz, Bab el-Mandab and Malacca, through which passes a third of world trade ships.

Successful Operation Raad (thunder) and arrest of sea pirates; 135 successful operations against sea pirates; active presence in Strait of Bab el-Mandab, Latakia port, Zhiang port in China, Jeddah Seaport in Saudi Arabia, Djibouti port, Port of Salalah, Gulf of Bengal, Indian coastal waters, northern Somalia waters, Yemen coastal waters and providing security of water routes of transportation are among the many achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army Naval Forces in free waters. A report of 28 convoys of the Naval Forces as follows:

The first convoy consisted of Alborz and Bushehr sea destroyers. The surveillance of 700 ships, 36 being Iran’s oil tankers, was the first Iranian Naval Forces successful mission on international waters.

The second convoy consisted of Martyr Naqdi and Bandar Abbas Logistics destroyers. During 64 days of mission, they tracked 2279 commercial ships and oil tankers and protected 21 other ships with 81 military ships present in the region.

The third convoy of the Islamic Republic of Iran consisted of Kharg destroyer; the presence of the optimized cruiser for tens of days in the region bear clear testimony to the technical and engineering capabilities of the country’s naval expert forces.

The fourth group consisted Alborz and Bushehr Logistics destroyers with 256 crews on board, which, during an 80-day mission, protected the ships crossing Gulf of Aden.

The fifth convoy consisted of Lavan and Chiro destroyers set off to First Naval Zone of the Army. After 44 days of sea surveillance, the convoy protected 33 commercial ships of the country.

The sixth convoy consisted again of Naqdi and Bandar Abbas Logistics destroyer. According to the commander of the convoy, they fulfilled their assigned duties during the mission.

The seventh convoy was set off by NEDAJA to Gulf of Aden, which, after 93 days in the sea and covering 1900 sea knots, they tracked 1334 military and civil cruises along with providing security to Iranian ships.

The eighth NEDAJA long-range mission had Bandar Abbas Logistics and Naqdi destroyers, lasting 2 days and engaging more than 300 crew members. The convoy navigated northern Indian Ocean to Gulf of Aden and the entrance of the Red Sea in the Strait of Bab el-Mandab. The convoy tracked 2780 commercial and military ships and protected 90 Iranian ships.

The ninth convoy consisted of Kharg Logistics and Alvand destroyers. Lasting 3 months, the mission came after 9 successful missions in fighting sea piracy and protecting the shipping routes of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The tenth convoy consisted of Larak and Chiro destroyers, with mission to protect routes to free waters.

The eleventh convoy consisted of Bayender destroyer which during 36 days in mission, tracked 54 commercial cruises and provided protection to 38 Iranian military flight units in the region.

Twelfth convoy; crossing the Suez Canal; Iran present in Mediterranean after 32 years

The Twelfth convoy moved to Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea after protecting Iranian commercial ships and oil tankers.

Thirteenth convoy saves 300,000-ton Al-Najm oil tanker

The thirteenth convoy is deployed to provide security to the shipping routes of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its oil tankers.

The fourteenth took the international navy commanders by surprise surfacing Younes submarine, and highlighted its role in Iran’s powerful presence and defending Iranian interests in free waters.

Fourteenth convoy saves Atarod after an hour fighting with sea pirates.

Fifteenth convoy consisted of Alvand and Bushehr destroyers. During mission, the convoy secured the navigation for Iranian oil tankers and commercial ships from Gulf of Aden to northern Indian Ocean waters.

The sixteenth convoy consisted of Jamaran destroyer, the symbol of Iran’s Naval Forces power, was set off to the sea after 15 Army convoys had been set off to Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian shipping lines against sea pirates. The convoy had 269 crews on board and included Bandar Abbas Logistics destroyer. The convoy enjoyed modern navigation technology, sea-to-sea guided missiles, sea-to-air destroyers, and electronic warfare facilities.

Jamaran was on its first mission of tracking and escorting Iranian and foreign commercial ships and oil tankers. Rear Admiral Azar Peikan said abou the Jamaran destroyer mission; “the first international mission of the destroyer was tracking and escorting Iranian and foreign commercial ships and oil tankers in Gulf of Aden against sea pirates.

Developed and manufactured by indigenous Iranian expertise, Jamaran was inaugurated by the Leader in February 2008 and joined the Army.

The seventeenth convoy had Martyr Naqdi and Kharg copter-carrying destroyers.

The eighteenth convoy was an intelligence, operation, and training convoy consisting of Kharg copter-carrying and Islamic Republic of Iran destroyers, which crossed Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, and Mediterranean. The convoy was on the mission to secure the shipping routes and mooring in Saudi Arabian Jeddah port, Port of Salalah in Oman, and conveying the message of peace and friendship.

The nineteenth convoy escorted 21 commercial ships and monitored 24 foreign ships and saved US cruise ship, Maersk Texas, which was targeted by several sea pirate boats in Oman’s waters. In response to the help request, the nineteenth convoy of the Iranian Army Naval Forces which was patrolling the area saved the cruise ship.

The twentieth convoy escorted more than 1500 commercial ships and oil tankers and countered more than 130 cases of sea pirate armed campaign. The convoy consisted of Bandar Abbas Logistics and Alvand destroyers set off to free waters in July 2012, with the mission to provide security to Iranian ships and tankers and to counter sea pirate attacks.

The twenty-first convoy of Alvand and Bandar Abbas destroyers were on the mission to support ships in crossing 10th parallel north and to promote Iranian Islamic culture in regional port cities.

The 22nd convoy consisted of Kharg copter-carrying and Martyr Naqdi destroyers moored in September 2 2012 in Sudanese Port Sudan with the mission to convey message of friendship and peace to neighboring countries and providing security to Iranian shipping routes and fighting sea piracy.

The 23rd convoy by NEDAJA consisted of Jamaran and Bushehr copter-carrying destroyers, which moored in Port Sudan in the Red Sea after crossing the strategic strait of Bab el-Mandab and successful mission. The convoy crew was welcomed by Sudan’s local government officials.

The 24th convoy; Indian Ocean, China Sea and the Equator waters navigation

The convoy consisting of 700 crew members and Kharg copter-carrying and Sabalan destroyers was a training and intelligence convoy. They navigated Indian Ocean, Gulf of Bengal, Strait of Malacca, China Sea, and moored in Zhan Zhiang and in Colombo in Sri Lanka, after crossing the equator.

The 25th convoy was consisted of Larak Logistics and Alborz destroyers, which navigated thousands of miles in free waters with 273 crew members under the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The 26th convoy consisted of Bandar Abbas Logistics and Alvand destroyers. The convoy helped counter sea pirates to protect more than 1600 commercial ships and oil tankers, with 131 successful fights against sea pirates.

The 27th convoy consisted of Kharg copter-carrying and Sabalan destroyers. The convoy fights and held back the sea pirates successfully in two attacks in the Gulf of Aden.

The 28th convoy is a recent convoy consisting of Alborz, Bandar Abbas Logistics destroyers, Younes submarine, and a 212 helicopter, which has moored in Colombo port in Sri Lanka for missions in the Far East after crossing Mumbai port in India.

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