Iran: Our Navy Will Patrol Off US East Coast

'Arrogant' US to get a taste of its own medicine, admiral says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 28, 2011 3:00 AM CDT | Updated Sep 28, 2011 7:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – American ships patrol close to Iranian coasts, so the Iranians are going to send their own warships to patrol near the waters of one of the world's most "arrogant" powers, vows the head of Iran's navy. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, speaking at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War, said that "with the help of our sailors who follow the concept of the supreme jurisprudence," Iran will establish a strong presence near the US East Coast, Reuters reports.

Iran—which sent warships through the Suez Canal earlier this year for the first time since 1979—also plans to send ships to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden. "We've been pushing freedom of the seas for years and the Iranian navy can go wherever it wants," a Pentagon spokesman said. Of course, another official added that if Iranian warships choose to approach America's marine borders, "they might have some company."

An Iranian warship docked at the Syrian seaport of Latakia earlier this year after traveling through the Suez canal.   (AP Photo/IRNA, Davoud Poursehhat)
Iranian clerics standing in front of the 'Jamaran', Iran's first domestically built warship, during naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf in early 2009.   (Getty Images)
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