Why Iranian Navy ships entering the Atlantic is a big deal

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Two ships of the Iranian Navy have rounded the southern tip of Africa, becoming the first Iranian Navy ships ever to enter the Atlantic Ocean.

This comes just days after Iran's largest navy ship caught fire and sank.

It appears that the two Iranian ships are heading for Venezuela, which would have significant geopolitical ramifications.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Animated map view of 2 Iranina warships passing around Cape, zoom out to show full route
2. Show Shand frigate sailing, then Makran support base ship, Kharg sequence starts
3. Kharg ship burns then sinks, show zoom view of 2 ships passing cape
4. Zoom out to show route from southern Africa to Venezuela, ship icons arrive in Venezuela

VOICEOVER (in English):
The Drive reports that two ships of the Iranian Navy have reportedly rounded South Africa's Cape of Good Hope and appear to be heading into the Atlantic Ocean.

The two ships are the frigate Sahand, and the Makran, a converted tanker that looks like it's designed to be a mobile base.

This latest news comes two days after the Kharg, one of Iran's largest and most important naval ships, sank after suffering a major fire, the causes of which remain unclear.

This would be the first time Iranian naval vessels have operated in the Atlantic and previous reports have indicated that their final destination is in Venezuela, where they might offload a shipment of weapons.

While it is still unclear if the ships are carrying any weapons, satellite imagery suggests the Makran is carrying a number of small, fast-attack boats that Iran has used to harass U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf.

SOURCES: The Drive, CNN
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40926/two-iranian-navy-ships-are-about-to-sail-into-the-atlantic-and-thats-a-big-deal
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/03/politics/us-iran-ships-venezuela/index.html