Sat, March 05, 2011 | Mehr News Agency | Fars News Agency
Iranian Warships Ignored Israel’s Radio Contact
The two Iranian warships ignored Israel’s radio contact calling on them to introduce themselves, Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday according to a Mehr News Agency report.
In the Red Sea, Israel, through a radio contact, asked the Iranian navy officials onboard the warships to introduce themselves, but the Iranian officials said “It is none of your business” and continued sailing, Rear Admiral Sayyari told reporters.
“The Zionist regime and other enemies could not take any actions against us whatsoever,” Sayari added. [JPost, Sat, March 05, 2011]
In addition, Israel had put pressure on Syria and Egypt to disturb the mission of the Iranian warships, he noted.
Meanwhile the Fars News Agency reported that Commander of Iran’s Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Saturday praised an Iranian flotilla of warships dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea and the Syrian coasts for their success in accomplishing their long-term mission, and announced that the Navy will continue similar missions in future.
Speaking to reporters about the achievements gained by the flotilla during its recent mission, Sayyari told reporters, “Deployment of fleet of warships to other countries will be continued as we are trying to confront and defuse the (West’s) Iranophobia” propaganda.
Two Iranian military vessels, Khark and Alvand, docked in Syria last week for training amid attempts by the United States and Israel to brand the mission as a cause for concern.
The 1,500-ton patrol frigate Alvand is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, while the larger 33,000-ton supply vessel Khark has 250 crewmembers and can carry three helicopters.
On Thursday, the Iranian naval ships started coming back home via the Suez Canal to the Red Sea.