Breitbart- 24 Nov. 2016- State-sponsor of terrorism Iran has boasted that the Islamic Republic Navy’s 44th flotilla of warships has entered the Atlantic ocean for the first time via state-controlled media.
Nevertheless, Al Monitor has questioned the claim, which is based on comments from Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Iranian Navy.
“For the first time, the Navy’s 44th flotilla, comprised of Bushehr logistic warship and Alvand destroyer, has sailed around the African continent and arrived in the Atlantic Ocean,” Tasnim News Agency quotes the Iranian commander as saying on Monday.
The state-controlled news agency goes on to note that the Iranian naval fleet has docked at the Port of Durban.
However, Al Monitor claims that Durban is actually located on the Indian Ocean, an estimated 930 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Earlier this month, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported that the 44th flotilla of the Iranian Navy was heading to the Atlantic Ocean.
“The dispatched fleet of the Iranian Navy will continue to sail toward the Atlantic Ocean after South Africa if the conditions are suitable,” Cmdr. Sayyari told reporters at the time.
“When a fleet establishes its presence in an ocean and the high seas, it shows the capabilities of the Iranian Army’s naval forces, which can hoist Iran’s flag on the high seas,” he also said.
In October 2015, Cmdr. Sayyari revealed that Iran had been planning to deploy a “fleet of warships” to patrol the Atlantic Ocean, the state-run Fars News Agency reported.