1028 GMT January 19, 2020
Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi named the vessels as Sahand, Damavand, and Dena, saying they would be joining the navy’s fleet in the same order, IRNA reported on Sunday, according to Press TV.
The commander said the first and third vessels would be joining the fleet deployed to the country’s southern waters, while the second one is earmarked for the Northern Fleet.
Sahand, which can carry anti-mine helicopters, would join the Southern Fleet this week on the occasion of the Navy Day.
“Today, Sahand has been nominated for a big mission,” he added without elaborating.
Damavand, he added, is to hit the water following an overhaul necessitated by an accident last year. The revamped destroyer now enjoys improved propulsion, stability, and maneuvering capability.
Dena was to enter service last and was currently being armed and equipped, Khanzadi said.
Repeating remarks he had made on Wednesday concerning a new submarine class slated for entering service next week, Khanzadi said, “Fateh submarine, given the advanced and indigenous technologies incorporated in it, is going to surprise enemies upon inauguration.”
The commander downplayed enemy efforts at understating Iran’s military power, saying the country had become fully self-reliant in manufacturing its own equipment and armament.
Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the navy’s reach extended from coastal areas to the high seas, said the official.