Commander: New warship, submarine to join Iranian navy

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced the country's plans to equip the naval forces with a new missile-launching warship and a submarine.

"The missile-launching warship named Separ and the submarine, Fateh, will join the Navy in the near future," Rear Admiral Sayyari told reporters in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

He also said that overhaul of the warship, Khark, is nearing completion, and the giant vessel will be dispatched to the North of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to be prepared for longer missions.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Admiral Sayyari had announced that a new missile-launching warship will be delivered to the country's naval fleet in the Caspian Sea soon.

"In a very near future in the current year, a ceremony will be held to equip the Navy's northern fleet (in the Caspian Sea) with 'Separ' missile-launching warship," Rear Admiral Sayyari said, addressing the Navy personnel and commanders in Makran region.

He also underlined that the Iranian Navy is able to manufacture all its needed weapons and equipment domestically.

In relevant remarks in August, Rear Admiral Sayyari announced the country's plans to equip the naval forces with new advanced missile-launching warships.

"The Iranian Navy will be equipped with new units and equipment, including missile-launching warships, destroyers and surface and subsurface units, in the current year and next year," Sayyari said.

He said that the new home-made naval equipment which indicates Iran's self-sufficiency will certainly surprise the world once again.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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