The Iranian warships are heading to St. Petersburg to participate in a naval parade hosted by Russia.
In fact right now she's right on the 'N' of English Channel.#OSINT Iranian warships now likely in English Channel. RN escort might take some cracking shots later?@UKDefJournal @sebh1981 @Saturnax1 @NavyLookout pic.twitter.com/akVrvBJzYX
— H I Sutton (@CovertShores) July 19, 2021
The pair, the frigate IRINS Sahand and former oil-tanker-turned warship IRINS Makran report USNI here, sailed up the West coast of Africa and past Spain and France before approaching the southern coast of England.
“When Makran was first observed in November 2020, the ship was thought by western observers to be a forward base ship. This equated its role to that of the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ships, like the USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4). ESBs act as a floating base for operations and can carry or support a range of small boats and aircraft. Makran has exercised with launching unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and mini submarines for special forces, implying an amphibious warfare role. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Navy has two forward base ships, although both are much smaller than Makran.”
According to Iran's Tasnim News Agency, the vessels are now en route to St. Petersburg to participate in a navy parade hosted by Russia on August 3rd. The vessels shall be traversing the English Channel in a few days time.
— TankerTrackers.com, Inc. (@TankerTrackers) July 17, 2021
The two evssels were also pictured together in January.
Almost forgot, IRINS Sahand seen here sailing alongside Makran pic.twitter.com/aHR017UE02
— Aᴍɪʀ (@AmirIGM) January 14, 2021