Iran deploys warships to the Mediterranean

2012-02-18 18:33

Tehran - Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea after crossing the Suez Canal on Saturday to show Tehran's "might" to regional countries, the navy commander said, amid simmering tensions with Israel.

"The strategic navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has passed through the Suez Canal for the second time since the [1979] Islamic Revolution," Admiral Habibollah Sayari said in remarks quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

He did not say how many vessels had crossed the canal, or what missions they were planning to carry out in the Mediterranean, but said the flotilla had previously docked in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

Two Iranian ships, the destroyer Shahid Qandi and supply vessel Kharg, had docked in the Red Sea port on February 4, according to Iranian media.

Sayari said the naval deployment to the Mediterranean would show "the might" of the Islamic republic to regional countries, and also convey Tehran's "message of peace and friendship."

The announcement comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and Israel, fuelled by the longstanding dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme and rising speculation that Israel might launch pre-emptive strikes against Iranian facilities.

Israeli officials are also accusing Tehran of orchestrating anti-Israeli bombings in India and Georgia as well as blasts in Thailand. Iran denies the allegations.

The first Iranian presence in the Mediterranean in February 2011 provoked strong reactions from Israel and the United States, with the Jewish state putting its navy on alert.

During the 2011 deployment, two Iranian vessels, a destroyer and a supply ship, sailed past the coast of Israel and docked at the Syrian port of Latakia before returning to Iran via the Red Sea.

Israeli leaders denounced the move as a "provocation" and a "powerplay."

Iran's navy has been boosting its presence in international waters in the past two years, deploying vessels to the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on missions to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates.

And Iran sent submarines to the Red Sea last June to "collect data," its first such mission in distant waters, while its naval commanders say they plan on deploying ships close to US territorial waters in the future.

Iranian naval forces are composed of small units, including speedboats equipped with missiles, which operate in the Gulf and are under the command of the Revolutionary Guards.

The navy, using small frigates, destroyers, and three Russian-made Kilo class submarines, oversees high seas missions in the Gulf of Oman and Gulf of Aden.

It now permanently has at least two vessels in those areas to escort merchant ships, and has been involved in more than 100 confrontations with armed pirates, according to the navy commander in December.

  • criticallyhonest - 2012-02-18 18:56

    Greece Vs Persia re-run Scary to consider the potential

      Fred - 2012-02-18 19:13

      It's only a potential, a possibility not a probability, certainly not a certainty

      Dirk - 2012-02-18 20:03

      An Israeli ski-boat with one Israeli on skis, should be enough to deal with these Iranian pirates.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-02-18 19:33

    Sayari said the naval deployment to the Mediterranean would show "the might" of the Islamic republic to regional countries, and also convey Tehran's "message of peace and friendship." Yes, armed-to-the-teeth warships are the best way to promote "peace and friendship."

      Boaz - 2012-02-18 20:49

      agree, iys crazy how delusional they are, "showcases the might of the Islamic Republics holy regime" lol. One destroyer and a supply ship...gimme a break.

  • Jerzy - 2012-02-18 20:23

    theyre not taking on oranje or alberton so your pne ski boat just wont do

  • Geoff - 2012-02-18 20:33

    Israel...take them out before they take you out. Iran talking about peace is a joke. Nothing they are currently doing looks peaceful. They are extremists and dangerous.

  • Jaba - 2012-02-18 20:44

    "message of peace and friendship." ?? The Supreme Liar and his Mad Mullahs demonstrate once again just how demented they really are.

      Jaba - 2012-02-18 20:55

      I have come to the conclusion that the world doesn't care about innocent civilians in Syria. If the world cared, it wouldve blown up those two supply ships that are sending arms to the Assad government to be used against innocent Syrian civilians.

      John - 2012-02-18 22:35

      Yes and no. Attacking Russian supply ships are an all together different ball game.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 01:18

      Thed world stopped caring when american and nato killers started slaughtering Iraqis, then Afghans for no apparent reasons. It appears that the kiiling of thousands and the displacement of millions should be the perseve of westerners?

      Smell - 2012-02-19 02:32

      The war could and should have ended with the fall of Bhagdad - and there would probably have been 100,000 less civilian casualties; and the USA could have been 1 trillion dollars less in debt. However, removing the tyrant at the top uncorked the vicious hatred between Sunni and Shiite. And the opposition of religious hardliners to a democratic state. Al Qaeda was in it up to their ying yang, beheading people on camera. In hindsight, the US gifted democracy to a country that was not ready to embrace it - a naive mistake with admittedly terrible consequences. But the groups and individuals that targeted civilians in Iraq were home-grown, not "Westerners". A medieval interpretation of an ancient religious text can apparently lead people to justify primarily targeting civilians. It has not been the US doing the suicide and marketplace bombings in Iraq. It is not the US that has been blowing up people while praying in Mosques. But if one's embedded cultural and religious enemies are freedom and democratic countries like Israel and the US, I guess everything is always seen in that perspective.

      Garth - 2012-02-19 06:39

      What is a `perseve'?

      Leon - 2012-02-19 08:16

      Smell you are correct about Iraq Fidal the taliban is killing the Afgan people and most of the Afgans is happy with there freedom

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 11:02

      @Smell To kill civilians you don't need to shoot them - you just destroy their infrastructurte (bombing of sewage treatment facilities). Remove electricity - babies can't get their food cooked - they catch tummy bugs, and die from diarrhoea. Take out the bridges - old men who have heart attacks, die on the way to hospital. Don't let supplies in - people steal to survive, so they form gangs and attack shop owners. In any wartime, one needs to be very precise, about what one is discussing. This criticism is rightly confined to people who directly acted to bring this situation on, and who have acted on it.. The most undemocratic thing is to assume you have the complete answer and insist everyone else does democracy your way. This neo-con conceit is inherently totalitarian. War and occupation can never be reconciled with the principles of democracy. Making the world safe for corporate plunder does not pave the way for democracy. It opens the door to economic exploitation and subjugation

      Garth - 2012-02-19 12:55

      Actually fido, in reply to your utterance `To kill civilians you don't need to shoot them - ...', no indeed, in order to achieve what you listed, one merely needs to vote for the useless, worthless anc. And then, through sustained ignorance, retain them in power: no roads, no electricity, no healthcare, no education - more expensive than a war, because the useless anc fat-cats are more voracious than any `imperialist', but just as effective in destroying a country.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 13:25

      You really are rather worked up aren't you? Is that because you can't disprove the facts that are being discussed here? So it's back to the vitriol and screaming leftie/commie, ANC, blah blah blah. Are you able to offer any comments that simply go beyond the profane and the vitriolic. Must try harder!

      Fred - 2012-02-21 21:23

      Fidel, the freer world, when it acts militarily, limits its focus to military resources. Your heroes, on the other hand, do what you claim the so-called West does. Everyone on this website with a clear mind can see what you're doing. It's only you who is blind, blinding yourself.

  • Hoosen Essa - 2012-02-18 21:02

    Iran has never invaded a country in 300yrs, they defended their country during Iraqs invasion of Iran, Iraq had the full support of the U.S. The west and Israel want to wage war on Islamic countries over oil. wake up and notice the double standards of the west and Israel

      Garth - 2012-02-19 06:47

      What you, and others of your ilk, conveniently forget is the FACT that Iran has vocally supported, financed, armed and trained every single terrorist organisation hell-bent on the destruction on Israel. You FORGET that they have publicly(and one cannot get more public than the open sessions of the UN)advocated the destruction of Israel and of all the Jews therein and without. They have also promised the destruction of America and her allies. Relate one instance, one, where Israel or the USA have voiced the same.

      muneebnibo - 2012-02-19 09:43 FACTS ONLY NO PROPAGANDA BS

      Fred - 2012-02-21 21:28

      Patrick, again: do you even know who has caused the vast majority of civilian deaths in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan? You don't answer this question, or your lie would be exposed. As to Palestine, you factor out the ongoing bombings of Israel by Palestinian extremists financed by Syria and Iran (Saddam and Moamar are no longer there to carry on with their financing activities). As to Vietnam, that was fifty years ago. The US, unlike your heroes the despotic regimes of the Middle East) learnt its lesson. And you omit to mention that every powerful country on Earth has done those horrible things. You're blind, and everyone with a clear mind can see it.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-02-18 21:40

    Ah, nothing says peace and friendship like showing your 'friends' that you can blow them out of the water. It's just a penis size comparison initiated by an immature little clown. Nero, Ivan IV, Napoleon, Stalin, Kruschev, Kim Jong-Il, Mussolini etc., they're all the same.

      John - 2012-02-18 23:05

      Don't you see yourself as part of the West then? Did Iran say they wanted to wipe Israel off the map or not? or did Israel say they wanted to wipe Iran of the map?

      John - 2012-02-19 15:01

      @Patrick. Sorry brew, a lot of us are. A pity you don't want to join.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-02-18 21:47

    Don't push your luck ladies of Iran !!!!

      Marcell - 2012-02-19 04:25

      They are going to meet allah soon, just to realise there is no virgins at te gate. allah got hold of them a long time ago. I actually feel sorry for these people.

      Winsome - 2012-02-19 10:07

      Read up on this on-going "war" - there are faults on both sides here - it might shock a lot of people on this site to find out that Israel is not at all 'squeaky clean'. It takes two to tango and to make love and war!

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 11:05

      @Winsome Carefull, you just might be accused of being anti-semetic.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 18:48

      Winsome, so? There's always mistakes on both sides. Do you want chauvinism and fundamentalism to grow in our world, or greater freedom and self-expression, for men and women?

  • mlvwk - 2012-02-18 23:15

    Iran has repeatedly stated that "Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth". That to me sounds like war talk.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 11:06

      The 'threat to Israel' is a risible argument based on some dubiously-translated comments Ahmedinejad made to his base support of uneducated theocratic supporters.

      Garth - 2012-02-19 13:04

      Fido - open both sides of your brain when you read. Surely the comments made by the supreme leader, the ayatollah, and translated by Iranian press, carry more weight then your one-eyed slant to everything. Khamenei and Khomeini before him, both publicly called for the eradication of Israel. But you are so stuck in your anti-white, anti-west, anti-Jew ideology that you cannot see past the end of your nose.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 13:12

      "They say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan. Let's take a step back. [[[We had a hostile regime in this country which was undemocratic, armed to the teeth and, with SAVAK, its security apparatus of SAVAK [the intelligence bureau of the Shah of Iran's government] watched everyone. An environment of terror existed.]]] When our dear Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian revolution] said that the regime must be removed, many of those who claimed to be politically well-informed said it was not possible. All the corrupt governments were in support of the regime when Imam Khomeini started his movement. [[[All the Western and Eastern countries supported the regime even after the massacre of September 7 [1978] ]]] and said the removal of the regime was not possible. But our people resisted and it is 27 years now that we have survived without a regime dependent on the United States. The tyranny of the East and the West over the world should have to end, but weak people who can see only what lies in front of them cannot believe this.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 13:13

      Who would believe that one day we could witness the collapse of the Eastern Empire? But we could watch its fall in our lifetime. And it collapsed in a way that we have to refer to libraries because no trace of it is left. Imam [Khomeini] said Saddam must go and he said he would grow weaker than anyone could imagine. Now you see the man who spoke with such arrogance ten years ago that one would have thought he was immortal, is being tried in his own country in handcuffs and shackles [[[by those who he believed supported him and with whose backing he committed his crimes]]]. Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime [Israel] has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world." (source:, based on a publication of 'Iranian Students News Agency' (ISNA) -- insertions by the New York Times in squared brackets. To commute a demand for removal of a 'regime' into a demand for removal of a state is serious deception and dangerous demagogy.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 18:50

      Fidel, focus as much energy on bringing an end to Islamic fundamentalism, dictatorships, and chauvinism, then your words will have more credibility.

      Fidel - 2012-02-19 21:39

      As an African, I'm not in the business of telling other nations how to live. Who knows it feels it! What about zionist fundamentalism or evangelical fundamentalism?

      Fred - 2012-02-21 21:30

      Fidel, again, your views have no credibility because you only focus on Zionism and its Christian equivalent. Not a word about the most dark and destructive forces on Earth right now: the Islamic fundamentalists who kill, maim and destroy every day, all over the world.

  • John - 2012-02-18 23:43

    World War 3 is coming....

      John - 2012-02-19 14:58

      This forum is not big enough for the both of us. Hopefully after I'm six feet under.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-19 00:30

    in heaven after iran and israel ended the world, i will lay claim against them for cutting my life short before seeing jesus tomb.

      Bobo - 2012-02-19 13:00

      No need to claim...You don`t need to spend money to go there, what you will find is only an empty grave..."He ha risen,just as He said. Peace.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-19 00:37

    cant we just lease super nukes from US and detonate the whole middle-east and north africa. just imagine free oil with no arab-jew price fuss.

      Garth - 2012-02-19 06:51

      You don't like White Africans. You don't like the West. You don't like Arabs. You don't like Jews. You don't like Europeans. What do you hate? By that are you truly known!

  • Hugo - 2012-02-19 09:37 Very interesting watch it is pretty long so check it out

      Hugo - 2012-02-19 09:38

      lol I meant make sure you have time to check it out

  • muneebnibo - 2012-02-19 09:42

    You want facts Follow this link to official iranian newspapers and not propaganda

      Jaba - 2012-02-19 09:59

      haha - follow Iranian paper which is the mouthpiece of the crazy fundamentalists Iranian regime and the murderous Ayatollahs! All it is, is anti freedom (Syrian freedom) anti-western (like Barbie), anti anything non Islamic (like Mickey-Mouse) and absolutely plain racist anti-Israel propaganda. You mad muneebnibo, like the Ayatollas.

      Fred - 2012-02-19 19:31

      Did you read the Apartheid papers too? It's pretty much the same thing.

  • Adam - 2012-02-19 10:08

    no one else notice the part where irans cargo ship was headed to syria.... these war mongers are supplying the syrian goverment with arms, just like the supply hezbolla and hamas. take these scum bags off the planet now!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-19 19:32

      Hopefully they'll change before that becomes necessary. Once Assad has been forced to step down, hopefully, hopefully then the Iranian people will rise up and the chauvinistic, fundamentalist Ayatollahs will step down too, create true democracy Middle East style.

      Adam - 2012-02-19 21:18

      or just give them all MTV and jersey shore and let them become obsessed with western rubbish which will take their minds off blowing the whole world up in the name of ALAAAHHHH

  • Adam - 2012-02-19 21:29

    it may not take a genius to realise that every arab state wants israel wiped off the map, it does however, take a complete brain dead retard to think arab states are the victim of "israeli aggression". time and time again israel is faced with suicide bombers, rocket attcks, atrtcks on citizens travelling abroad, and more recently, internet slander aimed at poo-pooing israel, by none other then highly successful and always educated army of ALLAHHHH. why dont we look at the facts, before the land of israel jews and muslims(collectivley know as palestinians) live in a british mandate. once the british left and every neighboring arab army invaded with the intention of wiping out all the jews, it was no secret that arabs did not want jews living near them. maybe because they are more intelligent, successful, peaceful and dont lie as much - i really dont know. the next step after israel succsesfully defended her border with zero aid from western powers, was to attack israel with the same intention of wiping out all the jews, this time israel not only won, they managed to take push the arab armies back and take some of their land... they even gave some of it back - sinai peninsula included(go look on a map how big that is) in the process alot of muslim arabs decided to leave to jordan and egypt, obviously they were turned away at the border as arabs have always looked out for one another and are compassionate people. these people are called palestinians.

      Adam - 2012-02-19 21:38

      this occured in 1967. know that we all know that arabs have never had an intention of making peace with israel, a new opportunity arrived at declaring israel inhumane for having palestinians. what is never mentioned is this: the islamic israelis who did cross the border into jordan and egypt before the borders were shut, were and are still kept in camps, they are refused citizenship in egypt and jordan, with jordan mass murdering most of the population a few years later. today the world is hell bent on depicting israel as an apartheid state who should be restructured. restructured into what you may ask? sharia law is what the arabs want...go look that democratic system up... israel until recently was the only country in the middle east where an arab could vote, its still the only place in the middle east where an arab man can be gay, and its only country to have a parliment made up of jews christian and muslims. thats right muslims sit in on parliament and are treated just as equal as any one else. please show me an arab country where a jew can firstly step foot? own land? be a citizen????? so for all you people who arent 100% sure whats going on the middle east its really quite easy.... there are arabs who do not believe jews have a right to exist, because their quaran says so. this does not give them the right to determine who should be blown up and who shouldnt. soon u will realise giving out lolly pops does not make palestinians want to be friend with you

      Fred - 2012-02-21 21:35

      The Middle East despotic regimes, distinct from "Arab States", want Israel "wiped off the face of the Earth". They've used Israel and the Palestinians to distract their populations from their disenfranchisement. The Middle East is largely made up of Sunni Arabs and Shiite Muslims. These regimes are dying fast. :)

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