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Two Iranian Navy’s ships have docked in the Syrian port of Tartus to provide maritime training to Syria’s naval forces under an agreement signed between Tehran and Damascus a year ago.
The Iranian fleet, consisting of a destroyer and a supply ship, arrived at Tartus port, situated 220 kilometers (136 miles) northwest of the Syrian capital Damascus, on Friday a day after they received permission from the Egyptian armed forces to sail along the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to the Syrian coast, Mehr News Agency reported on Saturday.
The Suez Canal Authority identifies the Iran Navy ships as IRINS Alvand (71) and IRINS Kharg (431).
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
reply to post by tommyjo
I don't disagree.
But if used correctly ... i.e. a surprise attack ... that little Iranian ship & it's helicopter can severely maul most US warships.
The Iranian ``destroyer`` ain't no real destroyer. It's more like a cruise ship with a few AK-47s...
I'm sure Israel/US would easily sink it... if for say, it began firing from the coast on the Syrian rebels.
Originally posted by matty1053
IT aint for 'training'...
I bet you any $$ it's for giving them weapons or protection...
Russian Military already has over 4,000 troops their just in case of USA attack.
Originally posted by Deetermined
reply to post by tommyjo
Thanks for the updates!
It's nice to see informative information like this on ATS.
Looking forward to seeing continued updates!
CAIRO | Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:47am EST (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships returned from Syria through the Suez Canal Tuesday, a Suez Canal source said. The ships entered the canal from the Mediterranean Sea early in the morning, heading south toward the Red Sea, and were expected to leave the canal Tuesday afternoon, the source said. The ships had docked at the Syrian port of Tartous, in a show of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a regional ally of Iran.
There has been no indication that Iranian ships ever docked in Syrian ports the weekend of Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 and the United States believes that the ships did not dock in Syria, a U.S. Pentagon spokesman said Feb. 21, Reuters reported. The spokesman said there was nothing particularly noteworthy about the latest deployment of the warships.