Iran sends naval group to Bab el-Mandeb Strait
Tehran (KNA) - Iran’s Navy has dispatched its 61st naval group, comprising a destroyer and a logistical vessel, on a mission to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait to ensure the security of the shipping routes used by Iranian vessels.
Rear Admiral Afshin Tashak, the commander of the Navy’s Southern Fleet, told IRNA on Sunday that the fleet was comprised of the Navy’s Sabalan destroyer and the Bandar Abbas logistical vessel and had set sail from the country’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Saturday.
“The naval group is on a mission to provide security for the routes used by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) in the area of the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait,” he said.
The strait, which lies at the mouth of the Red Sea, connects it to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The vessels sailing through the strait and the body of water can next enter the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.
Also on Saturday, the Navy’s 60th naval group consisting of two logistical vessels docked at the country’s southern port of Bushehr after completing a 5,600-nautical-mile mission.