Iran chaos: Tehran deploys warships to Gulf after accusing US Navy of ‘harassment’

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
By Paul Martin

IRAN has sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen, to protect the country’s shipping interests in the volatile region, according to military chiefs.

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying support had been deployed “to provide security for Islamic Republic vessels in international waters”. He said the destroyer Sahand, which was inducted into the Islamic Republic’s navy last year, was on its maiden overseas mission.

Admiral Sayyari said the heavily-armed vessel would safeguard Iranian ships in the Sea of Oman and the Gulf of Aden.

Tehran’s state-run media said the Sahand was equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and sophisticated radar-evading technology but it has never been seen in action and its capabilities cannot be independently verified.

Its deployment alongside logistical support vessel Kharg comes amid sky-high tensions between the US and Iran over the collapse of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers and the re-imposition of economic sanctions.

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