**Posted by Phineas
Oh, how cute! The Iranian Navy is trying to show the Great Satan (1) that it’s all grown up, now!
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, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.
The “task force” sending us this message consists of a destroyer and a helicopter carrier.
I’m sure U.S. Fleet Forces Command will be sure to be duly impressed, once they’re done laughing and pointing.
Seriously, Iran says this is in response to us for stationing the 5th Fleet in and near the Persian Gulf. Hey, Afshin! Buddy! It’s called “freedom of the seas,” and we take it very seriously. If you weren’t periodically threatening to close a lifeline for much of the world’s oil, we wouldn’t have to stand ready to knock some much-needed sense into you.
(1) For those without a program, that’s us.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)