Iran's Naval Fleet departs for Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb

Tehran, March 17, IRNA - The commander of the South Naval Fleet Headquarters of the Iranian Navy announced that the 61 Naval Fleet of the Navy departed for the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.

In an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday, Rear Admiral Afshin Tashk said, 'The 61st Naval Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army left Bandar Abbas on Saturday for remote waters.'

'The country's Naval Fleet will carry out its missions in order to ensure the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran's shipping lines in the Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb,' Rear Admiral Tashk said.

According to the South Naval Fleet Headquarters, the 61st Naval Fleet comprises Sabalan destroyer and “Bandar Abbas” destroyer.

The Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb is located on the southern tip of the Red Sea, connecting the sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean; a strait placed between Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa.

The ships that come from the Indian Ocean, after passing through the boulders and crossing the Red Sea, can continue their journey from the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Naval Fleet 60 also comprised the Baynder destroyer, the Lavan and Bushehr destroyers which returned to the country after 52 days, after proceeding of 5,600 nautical miles and berthing in the ports of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Muscat of Oman.

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