Special to WorldTribune.com
The Iranian Navy’s flotilla will provide maritime protection to Iranian merchant ships in open seas in areas far away from Iranian coast, Iran’s Navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari announced on Feb. 25.
The following day Sayyari said the 24th fleet, including a destroyer and the Khark helicopter carrier, had entered the Pacific Ocean for the first time since 1979, after passing through the Strait of Malacca.
As an international pariah state, Iran’s naval influence has been limited to its home region, surrounded by some of the mightiest naval fleets in the world, including those of the United States and Great Britain.
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