0943 GMT February 16, 2020
The country’s state-of-the-art destroyer, equipped with modern radar, electronic and reconnaissance systems, was delivered to the Iranian naval forces stationed in the northern port city of Anzali in a ceremony on Monday.
Speaking at the event, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani described the Caspian Sea as a sea of peace and friendship, saying the Islamic Republic has played a unique role in providing security, particularly energy security in the region.
Shamkhani criticized unilateral sanctions against Iran as unjust, illegal and ineffective.
“The removal of all sanctions is the only way for reaching a nuclear agreement with the world powers based on mutual interest,” he said.
High-ranking Iranian officials, including Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, attended the inauguration ceremony.
Sayyari said Damavand is a Jamaran-class destroyer more sophisticated than Jamaran.
Speaking in May, Sayyari said the destroyer is equipped with advanced sea-launched drones and cruise missiles.
The Iranian commander stressed that Damavand would also be equipped with more advanced cruise missiles than those of domestically designed and built Jamaran destroyer.
The Iranian Navy launched its first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran, in the Persian Gulf waters in February 2010.
The 1,420-ton destroyer is equipped with modern radar systems, a helipad and other electronic warfare capabilities and has a top speed of up to 30 knots.
The vessel, featuring torpedoes and modern naval cannons, also features highly advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface missile systems.
Damavand, however, is longer but lighter than Jamaran destroyer and is capable of tracking and targeting aerial, surface and sub-surface targets simultaneously.
It is equipped with a cruise missile system, torpedo launchers, 40-mm and 76-mm cannons, radar processing systems as well as tactical surface and aerial radars.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other states that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.