In January, the Iranian Navy announced plans to send its Navy to the Atlantic, near U.S. waters, in order to project strength and demonstrate its ability to protect itself and other Middle Eastern countries. Now, according to Iran’s navy chief, those plans have been cancelled because of the navy being needed for other activities within the region. This is a latest development by Iranians who have been seeking to taunt the U.S. over the past few months. The Iranians have aired a fake explosion of an American aircraft carrier and have created a fake aircraft carrier model, leading American officials to worry about their intentions.
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Sunday report quoted Iran’s navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying such changes of naval plans are routine, “considering the situation in the region.”
Sayyari did not say why Iran changed the plan but said that “when piracy increases in the Gulf of Aden some changes will be applied in the assignments.”
He said another fleet would be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the future, but did not elaborate.
Iran in January said it had launched two warships on a three-month voyage to the Atlantic to demonstrate the country’s ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond.