Thursday, May 14, 2009

Iran to send two warships to Somalia to fight pirates

Now that pirate season is winding down with the monsoon season arriving, Iran is sending a couple of warships to the area for "five months" as set out here:
According to IRNA reporter at UN Headquarters in New York, Khaza'ie in his letter added that the Iranian Navy ships would take position at operation region within the next two days and remain there for a period of at least five months.

The Iranian warships would in addition to safeguarding the Iranians ships and ships that are in a way related to Iran assist any other foreign ship that would seek assistance against the pirates, and help Somalia government in its combat against piracy.
I guess better late than never.

UPDATE: I suppose it's humorous that this site identifies the ships is the neaby photo as being "Iranian navy in Persian Gulf (photo IRNA)". Oddly enough, Wikipedia has the same picture and provides the following identification:
040625-N-0780F-070 Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (June 25, 2004) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), top, cruises into Souda Harbor for a brief port visit as the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) departs following a brief stay in the eastern Mediterranean port. Both Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Eight (DESRON 28) and homeported in Norfolk, Va. Both ships are currently in the Mediterranean Sea conducting a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley (RELEASED)
The upper photo shows an actual Iranian ship.

UPDATE: An Iranian "frigate" or "corvette" -

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