A destroyer and helicopter-carrying supply shipbegan their voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas and are on a three-month mission.
The voyage is intended to counter the U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf, as the Islamic Republic continues to assert its power across the Middle East and beyond.
‘Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,’ Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Haddad said the vessels have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa, carrying about 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews.
Iran had first warned America of its plans to deploy its naval forces along U.S. marine borders ‘in the next few years’ in September 2012.