Iran will send warships to the western Atlantic Ocean starting in March 2019, in a move likely designed to counter US aircraft carriers stationed in the Persian Gulf.
The ambitious deployment was announced by a top Iranian naval commander, and comes several weeks after the Pentagon sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf.
“The Atlantic Ocean is far and the operation of the Iranian naval flotilla might take five months.”
Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani told state media, that Sahand, a newly-built radar evading destroyer, would be one of the Iranian warships to take part in the flotilla.
The new warship has a flight deck for helicopters and is reportedly equipped with anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.
Tehran claims that the destroyer also boasts electronic warfare capabilities.
Habibollah Sayyari, said in December that the US navy was allowed to sail in international waters near the Islamic Republic – just as the Iranian navy could sail in the Atlantic Ocean near the USA.
In November, the United States unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Tehran’s oil, shipping and banking industries. The sanctions had been previously lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, which Washington unilaterally withdrew from in May 2018.
US officials have predicted that Iranian ships will no longer be welcome in international waters. Tehran has also repeatedly threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz and halt Persian Gulf oil exports if its own oil exports are blocked.
The vast majority of exceptional American’s have a superiority complex, second only to the Khazarian Israeli’s. For now its seems that the US hegemony is dwindling to a state of no return?
Swamp Song / ABC Flash Point Military News 2019.