On 9 March 2023, a webcam caught Iranian frigate IRIS Dena (F-75) underway departing Rio de Janeiro at the end of an extended port visit that began on 26 February 2023.
Forward support base IRINS Makran (441) was presumably in company with Dena. Although Iran’s leaders have threatened to send the two-ship flotilla through the Panama Canal on this “round the world” deployment, it has been a vexed question from the beginning where the ships are at a given time, and it isn’t clear if they’re headed for the canal now.
There is naturally speculation that the warships will stop in Venezuela next. If they do, they could already be off the coast from Caracas given their departure from Rio on Thursday. Continue reading “Iran’s navy: Stealth-stalking the planet”