Iran to launch new home-made destroyer

Iran to launch new home-made destroyer
Wed Jul 17, 2013 19:58:18

Iran’s Navy plans to inaugurate new home-made destroyer, named Damavand, in the near future, commander says.

“The destroyer will join the Islamic Republic of Iran’s naval fleet in the Caspian Sea in a ceremony in the near future,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Wednesday.

Among the achievements of the Iranian Navy are its manufacturing of submarines, presence on the high seas, and the ability to ensure security along shipping lines in international waters, said the senior commander.

Sayyari further referred to the dispatch of an Iranian naval fleet to the Russian port city of Astrakhan, adding that the move was aimed at sending a message of peace and friendship to, and consolidating relations with Russia.

On June 26, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Siavash Jarreh said, “Two missile-launching warships, which were manufactured by young Iranian specialists and joined the naval forces in 2003 and 2006, have been dispatched for the first time to Russia’s Astrakhan Port in the form of a naval group.”

Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

NTJ/HH

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