Iran Navy flotilla concluded round-the-world mission despite sanctions: Top general
The chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces says the country’s 86th naval flotilla concluded its historic voyage on the high seas to mark an outstanding achievement despite Western-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
According to Press TV, Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks on Sunday as he addressed the official homecoming ceremony of the flotilla in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
He said the flotilla, comprising domestically-manufactured Dena destroyer and Makran forward base ship, is a source of pride for the Iranian nation and a landmark accomplishment in the history of the country’s naval missions.
“Maritime prowess is among the most significant factors of our country’s military might,” Baqeri said. “We do not lack anything to achieve such an ideal, and are gifted with homegrown industries [and expertise] for that purpose. Our courageous commanders and marines undertake naval missions valiantly and fearlessly.”
“The 86th flotilla of the Navy fulfilled a historic mission… Even major countries in the world do not have the courage to undertake such a [formidable] task.
He added that the Iranian Navy, reliant on the Dena destroyer and Makran forward base ship, went on the mission at the peak of sanctions.
“Our forces sailed through a precarious route. Through faith, devotion and patriotism, our forces pulled off such an achievement,” the top general said, stressing that dignity can only be preserved through the path of power.