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Iran: Warships to Approach US Maritime Borders

Iran's Jamaran-2 guided missile destroyer is docked during its inauguration in the port city of Anzali, northwest of Tehran, March 17, 2013.
Iran's Jamaran-2 guided missile destroyer is docked during its inauguration in the port city of Anzali, northwest of Tehran, March 17, 2013.
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An Iranian naval commander says Iran has ordered several warships to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian media Saturday quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying that a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.

Haddad, commander of the Iranian navy's northern fleet, said the vessels will sail close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time and that "this move has a message."

The ships reportedly began their voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Iranian reports say the ships carry some navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews. They are on a three-month mission.

The Islamic Republic considers the move a response to U.S. naval deployments near Iranian waters.

The U.S. Navy has a regular presence in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. 5th Fleet is based in Bahrain, across the Gulf from Iran.

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by: Andrew from: New York
February 11, 2014 12:45 PM
America's Navy is the most powerful in the world, The 5th fleet we have in the Mediterranean (Which is only a small portion of our Navy) is bigger, packing more firepower, and far more capable than the entire Iranian Navy... I hope they do something stupid, that way we can destroy the little naval power they have.

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by: Sammy from: Wash DC
February 11, 2014 9:44 PM
Andrew- why not HOPE for better things in life? You know, like PEACE!!


by: Phillipp from: South Africa
February 10, 2014 5:13 AM
I just hope we are not useless to have stopped the passing near our waters.


by: john from: U.S.A
February 09, 2014 7:08 PM
I think of Iran posturing their fleet showing the US they have the right to patrol in international waters just as the US is doing.It is just a psing contest of either country.The US is showing force to stop Iran from enriching uranium and stop their threat of going nuclear.Iran is trying to show the US it is none of our business,This thing could get us into a war!


by: behdad from: tehran _ iran
February 09, 2014 12:30 PM
Probably their message for us people will be peace and freedom.


by: Atilla from: Turkey
February 09, 2014 11:48 AM
I bet the crew will defect when they get close to U.S. mainland : )
iranian officers have a salary of $200 - $300 a month and they can hardly feed themselves.


by: Atilla from: Turkey
February 09, 2014 11:43 AM
Losers... can they afford the cost of fuel ? they will most likely break down in the middle of Atlantic ocean and ask help from U.S. navy : ) I think it is time to liberate Iranian people from these mullahs

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by: Anonymous
February 10, 2014 4:26 AM
How about you don't pretend to be an ignorant westerner by talking like that. Every one know about "factories" in Turkey as we call them or the Karkhaneh's!


by: Bubba Nicholson from: Tampa, FL
February 09, 2014 9:17 AM
Iranians are insane people. They act as if the godless soviet union didn't exist when we installed the shah and that those communists would not have attacked religion like they did everywhere else. We had no choice but to stop the reds. We were smack in the middle of the cold war. Iran wanted to play tiddlywinks with red russia and we spoiled their party, big woo. Look next door and what happened in Afghanistan and still they blame us like we could afford to lose Iran back in the 1950's! Had we let that communist president they elected go ahead, we all might be on our knees scrubbing commissar's boots right this minute. Iran acts like electing a communist would have been all honkey dory, the fools. Reds burned mosques & churches everywhere and forbade religious books. What would Iran be like today had the Holy Koran been banned? That's what every communist dictator did everywhere else as soon as they could.
These Iranian warships are hazards to navigation. When we sink these ships, we should sink all of Iran's ships, both at sea and in their harbors, all simultaneously in the same instant, little boats, satellites in space, too. The Iyatolluh needs to know that suicide attacks against the USA are a fools device. How else can we tell him? The idiot won't listen, and Iranians keep showing their backsides all the time. Sink them as far away from American soil as possible.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
February 10, 2014 10:13 AM
Bubba Nicholson, you make me feel the goose pimples all over. That was a near miss. If we had known it, the best thing should have been to let the reds do their job. You see, the trouble with Iran is their religion, had anything happened to destroy it, the world would be the better for it. As for whether Iran can do anything with its world war 1 frigate, the problem is with red lines which USA under Mr. Obama is afraid to hear of, lest crossing. And so why no? It's only when the puma is crippled that the dear goes to demand its debt from it. Sorry, but other countries are not finding the clout presently to swoop on USA with lilliputian jests. But boy, does the Ayatollah hate USA with PASSION!


by: Michael Kane from: Bedminster, NJ
February 09, 2014 8:59 AM
Yeah tell them dude we have the military might to take on the poorest country on earth with no military and lose.


by: Samuel Prime from: Canada
February 09, 2014 2:55 AM
Iran reminds me of Wile E. Coyote, super genius. LOL.


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
February 09, 2014 2:15 AM
Iran is bluffin, what can that war war 2 ship do to America? Iran just want to show the world that she has military might. Iran isn't nothing. Nonsense, America will buried you Iran. You can only show off on the Obama administration. Why during the Bush administration you didn't do it? the babam knows what stike to clean its behind on. why Iran didn't try that mess doing the Bush administration? This is America, and we still rule supreme. God Bless America

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