Iran's first submarine to enter international waters, Yunes, is heading back home from a 75-day mission to the Red Sea. The submarine has helped enhance security in waters critical for merchant ships. The Iranian Navy made it a policy to operate in the high seas and beyond its coastal waters since 2008 and now with the Yunes submarine it's moved forward to next level.
An Iranian submarine (file photo)
Commander of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says: "The 14th naval unit which was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden was accompanied by the Yunes SUBMARINE. The unit was tasked with patrolling and providing security for Iran's cargo ships and oil tankers against Somali pirates. It is on the 67th day of its mission now. It is very important that we have taken our naval presence to next level and with our subsurface vessel added to the fleet we are efficiently safeguarding our national interests".
Analysts consider this a leap forward as Iran has been able to gain the technological know-how despite harsh sanctions imposed by western countries.
Political Analyst Nader Mokhtari explains that the overhaul of Yunes demonstrates Iran's high technological capacities.
On its first mission, the submarine has also been collecting data including information about on the sea bed in the high seas and identifying other warships.
Political Anaylst Amir Mousavi says: "I believe that this was a major step for Iran. Presence in the high seas has traditionally been the preserve of certain world powers as well as Israel... and now Iran has been able to join the club. It demonstrates Iran's capabilities and also indicates that the Islamic republic is taking the first steps to show that it is prepared for creating a regional security alliance as President Ahmadinejad had proposed. It also proves that regional countries are quite capable of maintaining security in the region and don't need foreigners in that regard".
Dispatched in May, Yunes accompanied the 14th navy fleet from the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Oman and into the North Indian Ocean, then to the Gulf of Aden and through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait into the Red Sea. Now it has stopped in the port of Muscat in Oman on its way back home.
Considered a major step for the Iranian Navy, the submarine will end its mission on July 5th.
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