Accompanied by a logistics vessel, the ship’s journey marks the first time Iran has been able to reach the Atlantic using warships without docking at any international port, Sayyari said. The ships set sail more than a month ago from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran, he added.
The ships, a destroyer named “Sahand” and a logistics ship called “Makran”, are being watched by the United States, and the intelligence community is working to assess Iran’s intentions.
“The Navy’s 77th Strategic Naval Fleet, comprising the destroyer” Sahand “and the ship” Makran “, is present in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time to demonstrate Iran’s capabilities in the maritime arena,” he said. said Sayyari.
Satellite imagery reveals that one of them is carrying a type of small, fast attack boats that Iran has used to harass US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. However, several US officials told CNN last week that it was not clear whether the ships were carrying weapons.
Tehran has not said where the ships are heading, but they could go to Venezuela, an important US-sanctioned trading partner of Iran.
“Sailing in international waters is a legitimate right of the Iranian army’s strategic navy, and we will continue on this path with all strength and power,” Sayyari said according to IRNA.
“The fleet is continuing its longest naval mission in the North Atlantic,” he added,
Iran has reiterated its intention to send warships to the Atlantic in recent years.
In 2018 and 2019, Iranian navy officials made statements to state media about plans to send the “Sahand” to the Atlantic. But so far, the plans have never materialized.
The trip comes just weeks after one of Iran’s largest navy ships caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman.