Islamic Republic of Iran Naval Warships visit
Article and Photos by Warrant Officer Class 1
15 November 2016
Republic of Iran (IRIS) warships arrived in Durban for
their visit to Africa.
vessels, I.R.I.S. ALAVAND commanded by Commander
Mohammad Reza Ebrahimi and the I.R.I.S BOUSHEHR
commanded by Lieutenant Commander, Farhad Fatahi arrived
on 15 November 2016.
Acting Officer Commanding Naval Base Durban, Commander
D. Jones handover the unit
and OPV’s crest to Commodore Seyed Omid Golestaneh.
vessels are under the command of 44 Task Group Naval
Command, Commodore Seyed Omid Golestaneh.
arrival demonstrates the Islamic Republic of Iran’s
commitment to its new ties with South Africa and to
maritime security in the African Continent,” said 44
Task Group Commander Golestaneh.
Nyathi and other SA naval officers were invited on board
I.R.I.S ALAVAND. The two vessels are based in Iran and
this was their first visit to Africa. During their
voyage, the ships stopped over in Tanzania.
year, I.R.I.S. ALAVAND met with the SAN Frigate, SAS
SPIOENKOP at the International Fleet Review hosted by
India in February 2016.
function on 1 December 2016 at the Dockyard Arms, Acting
Officer Commanding Naval Base Durban, Commander D. Jones
welcomed the 44 Task Group Commander and his naval