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Iran's first submarine returns home after 67-day voyage

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran; photos by Abdolhossein Rezvani

Iran's domestically-manufactured submarine dubbed Yunis returned home on Tuesday following the completion of its 67-day mission to international waters. Yunis submarine had been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in order to gather data on those areas.

Iran's domestically-manufactured submarine Yunis

The submarine also accompanied the Navy's 14th fleet in its mission to protect the Iranian trade vessels against piracy.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ahmad Reza Baqeri, a Navy official, said the Yunis submarine has astonished extra-regional powers present in the Gulf of Aden and international waters.

Iran's domestically-manufactured submarine Yunis

The presence of the Yunis submarine along with the 14th fleet, which comprised of Naqdi destroyer and Bandar Abbas warship, has demonstrated the Iranian Navy's military power, Baqeri noted.

He went on to say that the 14th fleet of Iran's navy played an important role in improving relations between Iran and certain regional countries.

Iran's domestically-manufactured submarine Yunis

Iran's military achievements pose no threat to other countries

Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari has said that Iran's military capabilities do not pose any threat to any country.

The goal of improving Iran's military might is to deter enemies and help establish security in the international waters, Rear Admiral Sayyari stated on Tuesday.

Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari
Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari

He went on to say that Iran's Navy is ready to hold joint maneuvers with other countries.

He also said there is no need for extra-regional countries to maintain their presence in the region as regional nations themselves can guard their waters.

Sayyari also said Iran was the first country which responded positively to a request by the International Maritime Organization to send warships to international waters to counter piracy.

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