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Banafsheh Zand


June 7, 2011 - 2:51 pm

The Fars news agency, which is run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, reported today that Iran has launched its first ever Iranian built submarines to the Red Sea. This is the first time such deployment has been attempted by the Iranian navy.

Quoting an anonymous source, Fars wrote that the submarines mission is to conduct an information gathering expedition in international waters in an attempt to identify and ascertain the capabilities of other countries’ naval vessels. Also due to several attempts on Iranian frigates by Somali pirates, the subs are meant to act in an ‘escorting’ capacity to those vessels passing through to the Red sea via the Gulf of Aden.

For now, there are no details regarding the number of submarines or specifics on their capabilities.

Banafsheh Zand is a New York-based Iranian political analyst and human rights activist.
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