Iranian Navy Coming to an Ocean Near You

For the first time ever, the Iranian navy will be sending warships to the Atlantic Ocean. But don’t worry, because Iran is claiming these warships are coming in peace. Right… Makes you wonder about Iran’s ultimate targets, doesn’t it?

The Fars News Agency reported that a helicopter carrier and a destroyer are set to travel 25,000 nautical kilometers over three months, but did not specify how close the Iranian warships would get to the United States or Europe.

Fars attempted to portray the ship’s travels as efforts to protect Iranian vessels from pirates, but Deputy Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi said the ships are a display of defensive powers to the world. In the report, he didn’t mention pirates.

The voyage from Iran to the West comes as the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers began this week.

While there’s nothing illegal about sailing into international waters, the move does highlight Iran’s global ambitions. Turns out a nuclear Iran wouldn’t be quite an ocean away anymore.

The warships probably are peaceful… This time.

(By Joshua Spurlock,, January 22, 2014)

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