The Danish the army said on Thursday that it had spotted a Iranian destroyer and a large support vessel sailing in the Baltic Sea, probably heading to Russia for a military parade in the coming days.
The Danish Ministry of Defense has posted Royal Danish Air Force photographs online of the newly built Iranian destroyer Sahand and intelligence ship Makran passing through the Danish island of Bornholm.
"On Expect them to be on their way to the annual St. Petersburg naval parade, "the Danish Army wrote on Twitter.
Iranian naval destroyer Sahand is seen sailing through the Baltic Sea off the island of Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic Sea off the south coast of Sweden on Thursday. (Royal Danish Air Force / AP)
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Earlier Thursday, Iranian official news agency IRNA announced that Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, would join the Russian naval parade in St. Petersburg after receiving an invitation from the Russian Defense Minister.
IRNA also said that the Sahand would join the parade "if the programs planned by Russia are in line with the plans of the Iranian fleet.
The naval parade is expected aura held on Sunday, according to Russian state media.
Both ships left Iran's port of Bandar Abbas in May. Images from Maxar Technologies dated April 28 appear to show seven Iranian rapid attack devices typically associated with its paramilitary Revolutionary Guards on the Makran Bridge.
Iranian navy ship Makran sails in the sea on Thursday Baltic. (Royal Danish Air Force / AP)
Danish military photos showed these seven ships covered and still aboard the Makran on Thursday.rd of the Makran are the type the Guard uses in their tense encounters with US warships in the Persian Gulf and its narrow mouth, the Strait of Hormuz.
The Politico website reported for the first time in late May, citing unnamed officials, that the final destination of the ships could be Venezuela. However, it appears that the ships instead rounded the African Cape of Good Hope and continued north on an unusually long Iranian Navy voyage.