Iranian Navy’s 24th fleet docks at Chinese port: Iranian commander
Date and Time:4 March 2013 - 21:12 -
EDITORS NOTE: Below is a lead in and links to a report of a port call by an Iranian Navy flotilla of two ships to China. The source is an Islamic English language publication, hence the general slant of the article, However we did not find any other English language coverage with quite as much detail.This was the only account of the voyage that describes the encounter between the Iranian flotilla and a U.S. warship. To read the entire article click on the link provided at the bottom of the lead in..
An Iranian commander says the 24th fleet of Iran’s Navy, currently sailing through international waters, has docked at China’s port city of Zhangjiagang.
The 24th fleet of the Navy, comprising Sabalan destroyer and Kharg helicopter carrier, docked in China’s Zhangjiagang port on Monday after sailing 13,000 kilometers in 40 days, Iran Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Siavash Jarreh said on Monday.
The flotilla of warships, which left Iran’s southern Bandar Abbas on January 20, conveys Iran’s message of peace and friendship to China and other East Asian countries, he added.
During its voyage, the Iranian warships successfully intercepted 1,180 trade and tanker ships and monitored more than 120 military units using optical and electronic devices, he noted.
The commander emphasized that the presence of Iran’s Navy in international waters is in accordance with international regulations.
The Iranian commander further said a USS destroyer registered under hull number DDG106 came across Iran Navy’s 24th fleet at the Strait of Malacca and asked for permission to approach it.