Parvin Class Coastal Patrol Craft
Iran received 3 PGM-71 class motor patrol boats during the late 1960s. These craft, the first of which was named Parvin in Iranian service, have a displacement of 142 metric tons with a full load and a top speed of 17 knots. They were armed with a single 40mm Bofors automatic cannon, 2 twin 20mm automatic cannon mounts, and 2 twin 12.7mm machine gun mounts. Originally intended for anti-submarine duties in addrition to their patrol mission, they also had anti-submarine mortars and depth charge racks. These weapons had been removed, likely along with the ASW sensor equipment by 1995. Standard armament had not been changed.
The 3 PGM-71 class boats, Parvin, Bahram, and Nahid, were said to have been sunk during the Iran-Iraq War. However, these craft were sighted thereafter, and were still listed as in active service by 2008.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) appeared to be replicating the capabilities of the naval wing of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) by arming more of its small vessels with anti-ship missiles. While this could indicate that the IRIN is receiving more resources so it can turn existing vessels into more capable attack platforms, it also seems to be suffering delays in its frigate and fast attack craft (FAC) construction programs.
The up-armed IRIN patrol boats were displayed to the Iranian media during a ceremony held at Bandar Abbas on 01 December 2014. The photographs of the event showed six vessels with canisters for launching anti-ship missiles: the Hendijan-class tenders Sirik (1402) and Kalat (1407), the Kayvan-class patrol boats Tiran (202) and Mahan (204), and the Parvin-class patrol boats Parvin (211) and Bahram (212).
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