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Commanders of Iranian Warships Open to Int'l Cooperation.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Commanders of Iran's Second Fleet of Warships, which recently backed home from a mission to high seas and the Gulf of Aden, said that they had met with their Japanese and Australian counterparts during their mission to exchange information on sea pirates.

The commander of the Iranian Navy's second fleet of warships dispatched to the Gulf of Aden said on Saturday evening that he and his colleagues met with Australian and Japanese fleet of warships during their two-month-long mission in the region. He said that the meeting was aimed at exchanging information about the latest conditions in the region, pirates weapons, tools and equipment and the way they act during their assaults on cargo ships and tankers. The commander noted that such meetings play a significant role in uprooting piracy in the region. The Iranian Navy's second fleet of warships came back home Saturday morning and was welcomed in a special ceremony held in Iran's Third Naval Zone in the southern port city of Chabahar and attended by the Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. The fleet, which included Bandar Abbas logistic ship and Shahid Naqdi destroyer, succeeded in boosting security in the region and providing safe passage for tens of Iranian trade cargo ships and tankers and also foreign vessels during its long mission. Last Monday, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy dispatched its third fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden.

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Publication:FARS News Agency
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Sep 6, 2009
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