Iranian Navy destroyer Shahid Naqdi is pictured at Port Sudan, in October 2012.
DUBAI: An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach US maritime borders as a response to the stationing of US vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported yesterday.
“Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying.
Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy’s northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via “waters near South Africa”, Fars reported.
Fars said the plan was part of “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf”.
The Fars report could not be confirmed independently.
Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there.