High-ranking Iranian military official has said that the Islamic Republic will deploy more naval fleet to Russia.
Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem Bigham on Saturday pointed to the recent dispatch of an Iranian naval fleet to the Russian port city of Astrakhan and said, â€œWe should expect the continuation of the process and sending of other naval groups.â€
In late June, Iran sent two indigenously-manufactured missile-launching warships, Joshan (Armor) and Peikan (Arrow), for the first time to Astrakhan Port.
The measure was aimed at consolidating the amicable ties between Iran and Russia and conveying Tehranâ€™s message of peace and friendship to the Caspian Sea littoral states.
On April 21, a group of Russian Navy warships docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas after a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.
The fleet, which comprised of Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine destroyer and the logistic battleships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi with a crew of 712, entered the Iranian naval zone with the purpose of strengthening relations between Tehran and Moscow and promoting bilateral naval cooperation to maintain maritime security.
Admiral Khadem also pointed to the manufacturing of Iranâ€™s newest submarine, Fateh (Victor).
Fateh is currently being manufactured by Iranâ€™s Defense Ministry and will be delivered to the Navy in the upcoming months, he pointed out.
In recent years, Iranâ€™s Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly asserted that its overseas naval presence is meant to convey a message of peace and friendship to other countries.
Iranian naval fleet also played critical role in guarding international cargo ships crossing from volatile Somalia which is a haven for armed pirates.
On May 2012, Iranian sailors helped rescue an American cargo ship attacked by armed pirates in the Gulf of Oman.