'Iran to deploy warships to Mediterranean, Red Sea'
Press TV quotes Iranian naval commander as saying Tehran's 24th fleet is to patrol the Mediterranean sea, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal in an attempt to defend against "threats to the Islamic Republic."
Iranian warship passes through Suez Canal
Iran is planning to send its 24th fleet, comprised of a submarine and a warship, to the Mediterranean sea, the Red Sea, and the Suez CanaI, semi-official news agency Press TV quoted Iranian naval commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying on Thursday.
"The Navy’s 24th fleet of warships will patrol the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea for three months," Press TV quoted Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying.
Sayari stated that the purpose of the Iranian deployment is to patrol in the high seas and display the great capabilities of the Islamic Republic, commenting that the ships will "counter any threat against the interests of the Islamic Republic."
The Iranian naval commander said that Iran's presence in the Red Sea would tighten security for all countries.“We announce that we are able to provide security in the region with the help of all neighboring countries,” he said.
Ships are to also patrol "the north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb...and even as far as south east Asian countries,” Press TV reported.
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Wow !! Showing their international power. So the Iranians are going to patrol the seas even until the south east Asian countries. Thats us folks. Better tell the mamaks in Penang to start preparing the chicken kabbabs for all the Iranian sailors who will be arriving shortly.
But just one submarine and one naval vessel makes up a fleet? Isnt that a little too skimpy for a fleet? Here is a map of the area:
First of all, I think someone is going to sink this Iranian "fleet" if it sets foot in the Mediterranean. And I think you can guess who is that someone. And if this fleet starts regular patrols in the Red Sea, it is going to get sunk by someone else as well. So that is two someones already who will not hesitate to sink these Iranian ships.
All this is totally unnecessary. The Americans are already creating enough havoc cruising the world with their 'naval fleets'. And they have mega punching power. If the Iranians start throwing their weight around, they are going to get totally squashed. They just dont have the weight to throw around.
Despite their occasional bombing countries back to the Stone Age, there is no denying that the Americans are welcome in many parts of the world. They are even welcomed in Malaysia. You know why? Because despite all their cowboy behaviour, the Americans are still a lot less harmful than some of the other people who populate this world. Does the world have the same benign view of the Iranians? I dont think so?
Ponder this - with just one submarine and one naval vessel the Iranians want to project their international power and cruise the Meditaerranean and up to South East Asia. Imagine if they had the same power as the United States Seventh Fleer, Sixth Fleet and so forth, complete with aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. Khoda-fis folks.
Can someone pass this message to the Iranians. I honestly feel the Iranians should spend all their efforts to make and sell the best, most efficient, energy efficient washing machine, LCD TV, I Pod, smartphone, 50 miles per gallon car, motorbike, passenger airplanes, furnitures, appliances and a million other products that their people as well as the world can really use. This will also win them many friends.
Instead they are wasting precious resources and more precious time making bombs, weapons, navy ships, missiles and nuclear bombs and creating tension with their neighbours.
They really have to let go this fantasy that if only Saidina Ali had become the first Caliph over 1400 years ago, then the Great Plague, the Mongol Invasions, the First World War, the Second World War, the British Empire, the American Empire, the extinction of the Tasman Tiger, 'global warming', global cooling etc could all have been avoided.
It is really mind boggling that even in this 21st century, grown men and women can still believe and plan their lives according to such fables.