Tehran (IP) - Foreign Minister has praised the return of the Iranian Navy’s 86th flotilla of warships after completing an overseas mission in which it sailed around the world as part of the country’s efforts to expand its naval presence on the high seas.

Iran PressIran News: The Iranian Navy’s flotilla, comprising domestically-manufactured Dena destroyer and Makran forward base ship, entered the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Wednesday, after sailing 63,000 kilometers of sea routes over eight months and a circumnavigation of the globe in 360 degrees.

"The successful mission of the 86th flotilla of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army in navigating the waters around the world, with the all-Iranian destroyer Dena and the Makran forward base ship, is a unique and strategic honor," Hossein Amir- Abdollahian said in a statement.

"I congratulate the great success to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, the great nation of Iran, the dedicated and zealous armed forces, especially the Navy, and the command and personnel of the 86th Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran," the top Iranian diplomat stated.

"The operation, along with the long and professional navigation of international seas, oceans, and straits showed the parity of the authority and maritime power of dear Iran with the world powers in the open waters of the world and manifested the slogan "We can" in a global arena," the statement emphasized.

The 86th naval fleet, which set sail on a mission around the world from Iran's southern port city of Bandar Abbas on September 20, 2022, had its first stop at the port of Mumbai, India, and then docked in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, after passing through the Bay of Bengal and the Strait of Malacca.

The flotilla continued its route towards the Java Sea and passed through the Strait of Makassar and the Celebes Sea, arriving in the vast Pacific Ocean for the first time in the history of Iran's military seafaring.

Crossing the greatest width of the Pacific Ocean and passing by the islands of Micronesia and Polynesia, the flotilla moved towards the Strait of Magellan in the south of the Americas and entered the South Atlantic Ocean by crossing the strait.

The 86th naval fleet, then, moved north and passed the coasts of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, finally anchoring in the port of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which coincided with the 120th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Iran and Brazil.

After stopping for a few days in Rio de Janeiro, the naval squadron crossed the Atlantic Ocean and anchored in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. The flotilla berthed in the port of Salalah, Oman, and after a 40-day voyage, sailed into Iran’s territorial waters.


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