Some days it is easy to forget that we live in an unstable world always on the brink of World War III, especially in America where war is always a half a world away for non-military citizens. In an effort project an image of power Iran has decided to send a group of Warships to the US Maritime Border.
The fleet, consisting of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, began its voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on a three-month mission.
The admiral, who also heads up the Iranian Army’s 4th Naval Zone, added that the ships are approaching the United States’ maritime borders, “and this move has a message.”
The agency gave no details on the number or types of vessels deployed.
Sayyari first announced Iran would begin a naval buildup “near maritime borders of the United States” in September 2011. The move is part of Iran’s response to Washington’s sizeable naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
Although there is no imminent threat, this move is a deadly reminder of the challenges that the next generation of Americans will face when it comes to security in an increasingly technologically advanced and dangerous world, especially as Iran continues to try to push the envelope on becoming a nuclear power.
Written By Matthew Cohen, MSW