Symbolism is good if it has real meaning. Symbolism is bad if it conveys the wrong meaning, and outcome.
As stated before the role of the Iranian navy is irrelevant, even if some try to find some use for it maneuvering in the Red sea, or chasing Somali pirates, or even sailing in the Atlantic.
Iran is a land power that requires credible land forces......Artesh, Pasdaran and airforce, air defense.
Iran presently does not have credible land forces.
In relation to Shia run Syria, the Russians have a naval base in the country, and have sent big warships to pay courtesy visits to the country, in support of the legitimate and popular Assad government. (I hope the Syrian government does not concede elections at this moment of crisis, this is tantamount to surrender to "al-CIA-duh")
Thus sending one lone warship with a naval support ship from Iran is worthless and does not provide REAL assistance to the embattled, legitimate and popular Assad government.
What Syria needs from Iran is at least 30,000 elite Pasdaran to fight side by side with the Syrian security forces, testing their tactics and equipment in addition.
This will boost the morale of the Syrian security forces when they know that they have reliable partners fighting with them, side by side.
If the USA can conduct terrorism in Iran from Pakistan and Afghanistan. If Israeli security are allowed into Iraq as they were during 2003--2012......from where terrorists have killed Iranians in Tehran. If Israel can use Azerbaijan to conduct terrorist ops against Iran in Tehran. If Western security from NATO/USA assists the "al-Qaeda" terrorists attack Syria from Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon...........the least the Iranian government do is stand side by side with the embattled, legitimate popular Syrian government and fight with them.
As it is Iran may be attacked after Syria, or then again Iran may be attacked before Syria........but there is no point holding back the Pasadarn, WAITING to be attacked directly, before they go into action.
The Pasdaran must be used now in SYRIA.....30,000 of them. Lets see if they are any good.
The rational and logic has been provided, but the decision rests with the mullah puppets installed in 1979 by the USA/UK.
Iranian MP Warns Against Interventionby Jason Ditz, at antiwar.com
Iranian MP Hossein Ebrahimi, one of the top ranking members of the nation’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Commission, today slammed calls by top US officials to begin smuggling arms into Syria.
“The presence of Iran and Russia’s flotillas along the Syrian coasts has a clear message against the United States’ possible adventurism,” Ebrahimi warned. US military commander Gen. Martin Dempsey has said any efforts to arm the rebels would be “premature.”
The US is far from the only nation liable to smuggle weapons into Syria, however, and the Arab League has already passed a resolution approving efforts to provide such aid to the various fighters seen as favorable to its faction. In addition, Turkey is openly backing the Free Syrian Army (FSA), while al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is sending arms and fighters into the nation across the porous Iraqi border.
Iranian officials explained the arrival of two Iranian warships at Tartus, the same port that already houses Russian warships, as a sign that both nations are willing to make an effort to prevent arms smuggling.
It is unlikely the ships will have much practical impact, however, as Syria has enormous land borders that are difficult to guard and would be more favorable for such smuggling.
(even though the writer is not qualified in security matters, even he understand the donkey symbolism and stupidity of the action.........as worthless.)