One of two Iranian navy warships arrives to dock at Port Sudan in the Red Sea state December 8, 2012.  -
One of two Iranian navy warships arrives to dock at Port Sudan in the Red Sea state December 8, 2012. -

A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to U.S maritime borders for the first time.

The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet Admiral "Afshin Rezayee Haddad"  was quoted by the official "IRNA" news agency as saying today that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.

Iranian officials said last month that the fleet consisted of a destroyer and a logistic helicopter carrier, which will be on a three-month mission.

Haddad says the fleet is approaching U.S maritime borders for the first time. The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines. The U.S Navy's 5th fleet is based in nearby Bahrain.

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