0652 GMT March 20, 2019
Iran’s Navy added two Ghadir-class submarines to its fleet in a ceremony held in southern Iran on Thursday.
The submarines are capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines.
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi attended the ceremony at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, which was held on the occasion of Navy Day.
The Ghadir-class submarines are designed to cruise within the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf to ensure peace and security of Iran's maritime borders.
The subs have sonar-evading technology and can launch missiles from under water, as well as fire torpedoes and drop marine mines, the Iranian state TV reported. Iran began manufacturing Ghadir subs in 2005. The first was unveiled in 2007 and by 2012, five such submarines were incorporated into Iran’s navy.
Iran has so far launched different classes of domestically-built advanced submarines including Ghadir, Qaem, Nahang, Tareq and Sina.
On Friday, Khanzadi said that the new generation of two Iranian destroyers will also join the naval fleet on Saturday.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in international waters to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.