Iran underlines rigid resolve to deploy warships to Gulf of Mexico

FNA- New Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced that his country is serious about sending its fleet of warships to Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico despite the US opposition.

“We are not faced with any restriction for deploying in the seas, and anywhere we feel that we have interests to develop ties… we will certainly deploy there and we enjoy this power too,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the Iranian media on Saturday.

“We will berth in the friendly states in Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico in the near future by deployment in the Atlantic Ocean,” he added.

“The Americans had somewhere said that the Iranians cannot sail 9,000 miles from Bandar Abbas to the Gulf of Mexico, given their capabilities, but we will certainly prove them this capability and will contact our friends (in Latin America),” Rear Admiral Khanzadi underlined.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Rear Admiral Khanzadi announced the country’s plans to dispatch a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean and launch a new home-made missile-launching warship.

“The missile-launching warship named Separ (Shield) will be launched in the Caspian Sea” on the occasion of the Navy Day in Iran (November 28), Rear Admiral Khanzadi told reporters in his first press conference after being appointed to the post in Tehran.

He also announced that a number of overhauled helicopters and vessels will join the Navy in the near future.

Noting that the massive ‘Velayat’ Naval drills will be staged by the Iranian Navy in early winter, Rear Admiral Khanzadi said, “Our fleet of warship will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico.”

He also announced that production of ‘Kamand’ pin-pointing defense system is in the final stages and it will be mounted on the Iranian Navy’s vessels soon.

Source Article from http://theiranproject.com/blog/2017/11/25/iran-underlines-rigid-resolve-deploy-warships-gulf-mexico/

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