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Iranian warships dock in China
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep3(112).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Navy’s 24th fleet of warships has docked in the Chinese port of Zhanjiang, which is located in southwest China, the deputy commander of the Navy announced on Monday.  
 
“The (Navy’s) 24th fleet of warships, comprised of the Khark helicopter carrier and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Sabalan destroyer docked in… Zhanjiang Port… today, Monday, after sailing 13,000 kilometers in 40 days,” Rear Admiral Siavash Jareh said. 
 
“Through docking in the Chinese port, the fleet of warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy conveys the message of peace and friendship to this country and other countries located in East Asia,” he added. 
 
Jareh also said, “The fleet had passed through the strategic Strait of Malacca on its way.” 
 
The Strait of Malacca is a narrow, 805 km stretch of water between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world from an economic and strategic perspective. 
 
Over 50,000 vessels pass through the strait per year, carrying about one-quarter of the world’s traded goods including oil, Chinese manufactures, and Indonesian coffee. 
 
The deputy commander of the Iranian Navy also said, “On its way, the 24th fleet of the Iranian Navy has so far managed to track 1,180 commercial vessels and oil tankers and monitor 120 military vessels visually and electronically.”   
 
According to Jareh, the Iranian warships will dock in a Southeast Asian country on its way back home in late March. 
 
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