Iran dispatched a naval flotilla to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, a move that could raise tensions between the Islamic Republic and a Saudi-led coalition conducting a military campaign in Yemen, which borders the waterway.

The Iranian 34th flotilla, which includes a destroyer and a logistics vessel, headed for the Gulf to protect Iranian and other countries’ trading vessels from piracy, according to a report on Iran’s ISNA news agency.

The flotilla would conduct missions there as well as in the Red Sea and the key Bab al-Mandeb shipping strait over a three-month deployment, the report said. […]