Monday, February 21, 2011

21-Feb-11: Update - Iranian warships still in the Red Sea for now

Monday morning update: The planned passage of two Iranian naval vessels through the Suez Canal is reported to have been delayed by 48 hours. The two vessels had been due to enter the canal early this morning. An Egyptian canal official did not give a reason for the postponement. The passage through the canal would be the first for Iranian naval vessels since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran's Ayatollah-controlled PressTV 24-hour-a-day media channel says the two ships carry formidable firepower": "Khark has 250 crewmembers and can carry three helicopters. Alvand is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles." (Those missiles are sourced from China.)

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