0627 GMT January 16, 2022
Ayatollah Khamenei, the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, in a message to Army Commander Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi described the return as “mighty and dignified”.
The Leader also congratulated the 75th flotilla on completing a major maritime mission in the Atlantic Ocean that has been carried out for the first time in the history of the Iranian Navy, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Praising the Iranian Army’s vigilant, spirited and tireless servicemen for their preparedness to work toward the goals of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Armed Forces to maintain and boost their capabilities.
"Today, thank God, the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran is present on the scene with its insightful, fervent and tireless staff, and is ready to fight for the lofty goals of the glorious Islamic Revolution," he said.
The Leader also instructed the Army chief to send his regards to the commander and personnel of the 75th flotilla.
The fleet of military vessels, featuring Iran’s most advanced indigenous destroyer Sahand and Makran forward base ship, arrived in the Iranian territorial waters on Thursday after a mission that lasted 133 days.
The flotilla sailed 45,000 kilometers in three oceans, passing by 55 countries in three continents.
Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said the flotilla completed the mission without receiving help from any country.
The Iranian warships did not need to make any port call to fulfill even the technical needs, he added.
“Today, we can stage a powerful presence throughout all maritime expanses once the relevant decree is issued,” Irani said on Tuesday.
“Iran is the only country that provides for its own naval security,” he added, according to Press TV.
The commander said the flotilla began the mission by sailing to the northern Indian Ocean.
It traveled all the way to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, he added, turning around the cape in the Atlantic Ocean, the mission then sought its way to the Russian port city.
Irani noted that the operation served to send across the message of “peace and friendship” to all the countries that were met by the flotilla on its way.