Navy Commander: Iran to launch new destroyer soon

FNA- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced on Saturday that the country’s naval forces would soon be supplied with a new home-made destroyer named ‘Dena’.

“Dena has been manufactured by the defense ministry’s marine industries organization and it will join the army’s naval fleet in the South soon,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi told FNA, adding that Dena is the latest version of Mowj-class vessels.

He also said that the construction jobs and naval tests on the home-made destroyer, Sahand, are also being accomplished, adding that it will be put into operation by the end of this fall along with Dena.

“Fateh submarine which is the first mid-class submarine built by the Islamic Republic of Iran will also be unveiled soon,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.

He also referred to efforts to overhaul Damavand, a destroyer which sunk in the Caspian Sea in January after it suffered damages during the stormy weather of Anzali Port in Northern Iran, and said overhaul of the giant vessel will end by the yearend “and it will have the same, and even more, capabilities in less than two years”.

In relevant remarks in May, Rear Admiral Khanzadi announced that his forces would soon be supplied with new modern home-made destroyers and submarines.

“The Navy will be stronger than the past in the near future with new developments, and a number of new destroyers and submarines will join it soon,” Rear Admiral Khanzadi said.

He also referred to the Iranian naval fleets’ presence in the international waters, stressing the country’s continued deployment 2,500km away from its water borders until all countries work out collective security.

Rear Admiral Khanzadi said that the Iranian flotilla of warships have so far escorted over 2,400 vessels and have several times confronted pirates in free waters.

Meantime, he underscored the necessity for the establishment of security in regional waters by the countries of the region and not the trans-regional states which can stir insecurity whenever they want.