In what might be seen as a measure of its growing confidence in the face of an old adversary, or simply a bluff, Iran has raised the prospect of its navy sailing close to U.S. coastal waters.
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was quoted by Tehran Times as saying, “Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders.”
The announcement comes after Iranian warships sailed the Suez Canal earlier this year to dock at Syria’s Lattakia Port.
In recent years Iran has added submarines and warships to its navy, including the Jamaran, a 1,500 tonne vessel armed with missiles, torpedoes and naval canons.
Launched in early 2010, the Jamaran is Iran’s first domestically designed and built frigate. Others are expected to follow as Iran asserts control over its territorial waters and the Persian Gulf, through which 40% of the world’s oil passes.
Bill Bard says:
That would cause some concern, Ha Ha Ha