Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the Navy’s 30th Flotilla of warships dispatched to the high seas has berthed in Tanzania’s port of Dar As-Salaam.
“The 30th Fleet of the Iranian Navy has docked at Tanzania’s Port of Dar As-Salaam in line with the Islamic Republic’s strategy of expanding its naval presence in the international waters,” Admiral Sayyari said on Friday.
The Iranian Navy commander said the 30th Flotilla comprising Alvand destroyer, Bushehr logistics-combat vessel that started its mission in May continued its voyage towards Tanzania.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden – which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea – is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.