News ID: 234604
Published: 0350 GMT November 21, 2018

Navy commander: New destroyer, submarine to be unveiled

Navy commander: New destroyer, submarine to be unveiled
IRNA

Iran’s Navy commander says the country will unveil new defense achievements, including a destroyer and a submarine, next week.

 

“Sahand destroyer and Fateh submarine are to be unveiled over the next week,” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told a news conference on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

The destroyer, he said, could carry large helicopters as well as missile defense systems and fighter jets.

The indigenously manufactured medium-class submarine “would serve as a surprise for the Islamic Republic’s enemies with its special capabilities,” he said.

The commander further played down the impact of US sanctions on Iran’s naval industry.

The country has been successfully weathering sanctions for more than 40 years now, Khanzadi said, noting that the measures had “taught us to stand on our own feet and not to depend on other powers for our security.”

The commander also hailed increasing coordination between the navy and the naval forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The dual forces, he said, were considered to be Iran’s “strong fist” at sea.

Khanzadi also said, “There is no such thing as insecurity in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, and the IRGC Navy has successfully helped secure the Persian Gulf, preventing the occurrence of any incidents in the waters."

The waters under the Islamic Republic’s command are fully protected and secure without any outside help, boasted the commander.

Iran would maintain its friendly ties with those countries which refrain from mischief and use their naval presence only toward ensuring security, said the official.

The commander then hailed Iran’s self-sufficiency in providing its required naval defense equipment, saying it could even provide such hardware to other countries.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

 

 

   
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