77 Damavand [ex-Jamaran 2, ex-Velayat] - Mowj Class
On March 17, 2013 Iran launched a domestically built "destroyer" in the Caspian Sea. President Mahmud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the guided-missile destroyer "Jamaran-2" in the port city of Anzali, about 250 kilometers northwest of Tehran. He said the deployment aimed to bolster peace and friendship in the region but also that "the destroyer is there to meet those who want to jeopardize the security of surrounding nations." He did not elaborate. State TV called the vessel the nation's first heavy military presence in the oil-rich sea. Jamaran 2 will officially join the fleet of Iran’s Navy within 6 months after the completion of final tests.
The 1,400-ton ship, which has a helicopter landing pad, is 94 meters long, is powered by a 20000-horsepower engine and can cruise at 30 knots. It is equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles as well as anti-aircraft batteries and sophisticated radar and communications terminals. The production line of the advanced indigenous destroyer was inaugurated in Bandar Anzali six years ago with the aim of protecting Iran’s 20-percent share of the Caspian Sea.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran’s Jamaran-2 destroyer is in the Caspian Sea to guarantee sustainable security in that region. “Iran’s [naval] presence in seas is aimed at strengthening friendship, establishing security for all, and confronting extremism and those who intend to disturb the security of nations as well as the Caspian Sea,” he said on March 17, 2013. The president was attending a ceremony to launch Iran’s indigenous Jamaran-2 destroyer. "Without a doubt all neighboring countries are happy with Iranian Navy’s achievements because they consider these advancements as a step towards their own security in the region,” the president added. Ahmadinejad praised Iran’s naval experts for their success in designing components of the destroyer. “Twenty years ago, nobody would have thought we could do this. Today we have succeeded,” he said.
Iran launched a new indigenous destroyer called Damavand in line with the Islamic Republic's efforts to boast its naval supremacy. Head of the Iranian Navy's Industrial Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization Admiral Ali Gholamzadeh said on 15 March 2013 that Damavand destroyer is a Mowj-class vessel. The admiral said tests would begin on Damavand immediately after the destroyer’s launch. Gholamzadeh stated that over the next few months the destroyer would be prepared to be assigned to international missions in free waters.
In 2014 the Iranian Navy announced plans to unveil the country's state-of-the-art Damavand destroyer, equipped with advanced sea-launched drones as well as cruise missiles. 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.
In September 2014, the Iranian Navy announced plans to launch Damavand in the Caspian Sea. Damavand, the second-generation and highly-equipped Iranian destroyer, joined the country's Northern fleet in March 2015. Head of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad Department of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Ali Qolamzadeh said the 90m vessel was armed with advanced anti-surface and anti-subsurface weapons and air defense systems.
Damavand, the North Navy's warship that Iranian authorities that called a destroyer, was the second ship of the class. On March 27, 2012, during a ceremony in the presence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, in Bandar Anzali, under the title "Jamaran 2", he was flooded to Damavand in July 2014, and after completing the tests of SAT, HAT and pilot sailings, finally 18 Persian date Esfand 1393 to the northern fleet and the fourth zone Islamic Republic of Iran Navy joined, in which case it was the largest Iranian warships in this sea area. The ship was originally called "Velayat", and then it was known as "Jamaran 2" or "2nd Wave", but in the end it was called the highest mountain of Iran - Mount Damavand. The reason for changing the name of Damavand is unknown, but this renaming procedure is common in naming Iranian warships [a very un-American practice].
On Persian date Dey 20 of 1396 (January 10, 2018), as Damavand was entering the port of Anzali in the Caspian Sea, the breakwater east of the port was hit and the ship crashed. The exact cause of the collision with the breakwaters was not known initially, and the only factor announced by the Navy's public relations was "Increased wind speed and severe storm."
At first, Iranian news agencies said that "the damage done is negligible and the damage will be resolved in a short time." However, after more detailed studies and explanations provided by Amir Shahin Taqi Khani, spokesman for the army and Amir Dhariyadar, Amir Rastegari, Defense said: "It was determined that the damage and damage were serious and that the destroyer needed major repairs and repairs." Most injuries were carried out in the main structural zone of the ship, and all critical systems by specialized personnel
The damaged destroyer ess detached and reinstalled after major repairs and recovery of the destroyer to the cessation plant. A glorification of the martyr of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces was transferred. Altogether, 18 people arrived at Damavand Falls at the time of the incident, of which six of them were thrown into the sea at an early stage. Unofficial news sources report the rescue of four of these people, but it is said that there is no news of the fate of the other two.
The military spokesman said: "Due to the low water depth at the accident site, which is about 4-5 meters, there is no possibility of drowning the Damavand destroyer. It is necessary to move parts of the body block to separate and separate parts and to repair and reconstruct the base. Shipyard ship. The military spokesman said that the body of the destroyer was seriously damaged, noting that there is no limit to the resumption of Damavand's demolitions, and because of its indigenous nature, all parts of it will be transported by the transfer of detached pieces, the restoration of Damavand destroyers and their return to the operation cycle start.
Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said December, 01, 2018 the domestically made Damavand destroyer, which crashed into a jetty back in January, will return to service in the coming months. Speaking at a ceremony held in the southern port city of Banda Abbas to add the homegrown Sahand destroyer to the Navy’s fleet, Admiral Khanzadi pointed to the crash of the Damavand destroyer and said grounds have been provided for the repair of the destroyer in the Caspian Sea with the efforts of the Navy and the Defense Ministry. The repair process of Damavand will not last more than 18 months, he said, adding that the Navy will make efforts to speed up the process.
Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of the Iranian Navy, announced 06 August 2019 that the Damavand destroyer, which suffered damage after crashing into a jetty in January 2018 during a storm, would soon be back in service, fitted with vertical launch missile launcher systems and advanced radar systems. "The destroyer has been fully revived and this has been done in 18 months," the commander said, speaking at the opening of the 2019 International Army Games in southern Iran. "The destroyer has been equipped with new weapons and we are seeking to equip [it] with vertical launch system missiles," he added.
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