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Danish military spots Iranian vessels in the Baltic Sea

The new Iranian destroyer Sahand sails in Persian Gulf waters, in Bandar Abbas, Iran, on December 1, 2018. (Iranian Army via AP)
The new Iranian destroyer Sahand sails in Persian Gulf waters, in Bandar Abbas, Iran, on December 1, 2018. (Iranian Army via AP)

The Danish military says it spotted an Iranian destroyer and a large support vessel sailing through the Baltic Sea, likely heading to Russia for a military parade in the coming days.

The Danish Defense Ministry posts photographs online from the Royal Danish Air Force of the new domestically built Iranian destroyer Sahand and the intelligence-gathering vessel Makran passing by the Danish island of Bornholm.

“It is expected that they are on their way to the annual naval parade in St. Petersburg,” the Danish military tweets.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reports that the country’s navy commander, Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, will join the Russian naval parade at St. Petersburg after receiving an invitation from the Russian defense minister.

IRNA also says the Sahand will join the parade “if the Russian-planned programs are in line with the plans of the Iranian fleet.”

The naval parade is expected to take place on Sunday, according to Russian state media.

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