Iranian warships cross Suez canal into Mediterranean

Tàu chiến Iran đi qua kênh đào Suez vào Địa Trung Hải

Latest update: 18/02/2012 

Iranian warships cross Suez canal into Mediterranean

In a provocative move  (trong một động thái có tính gây hấn) Saturday, Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal in a move designed to (có ý đồ) show Iranian “might” to regional countries, according to navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari.

 

AFP – Iranian warships (tàu chiến) entered the Mediterranean Sea after crossing the Suez Canal (kênh đào Suez) on Saturday in a move aimed at (trong một động thái nhắm đến, nhằm) showing (phô trương) Iran’s “might (sức mạnh)” to regional countries, navy commander (tư lệnh hải quân) Admiral Habibollah Sayari said (tuyên bố).

“The strategic navy (lực lượng hải quân chiến lược) of the Islamic Republic of Iran has passed through the Suez Canal for the second time since the (1979) Islamic Revolution,” Sayari said in remarks quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

He did not say how many vessels had crossed (đi qua) the canal, or what missions (nhiệm vụ) they were planning to carry out in the Mediterranean, but said the flotilla (hạm đội, đoàn tàu chiến) had previously docked in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

Two Iranian ships, the destroyer (khu trục hạm, khu trục cơ) Shahid Qandi and supply vessel (tàu tiếp vận) Kharg, had docked (vào đậu trong cảng) in the Red Sea port on February 4, according to Iranian media.

Sayari said the naval deployment to the Mediterranean (vùng địa trung hải) would show “the might” of the Islamic republic to regional countries, and also convey (truyền đạt, chuyển tải) Tehran’s “message of peace and friendship.”

The announcement comes amid (xảy ra  trong lúc mà) heightened tensions (căng thẳng dâng cao) over Iran’s nuclear programme and rising speculation (đồn đoán thêm nhiều) that Israel might launch pre-emptive strikes  (tấn công phủ đầu) against Iranian facilities (các cơ sở khí tài).

The first Iranian presence in the Mediterranean in February 2011 provoked (gây ra) strong reactions from Israel and the United States, with the Jewish state putting its navy on alert (đặt … trong tình trạng báo động).

Iran’s navy (hải quân) has been boosting its presence (tăng cường sự hiện diện) in international waters (thủy lộ quốc tế, vùng biển quốc tế) since last year, deploying (triển khai) vessels to the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on missions (với nhiệm vụ) to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates (cướp biển Somali)


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