Iran's Damavand destroyer to help Caspian Sea security: Cmdr.
Iran Press TV
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:23AM
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country's domestically-made destroyer, Damavand, will help promote security in the Caspian Sea, Press TV reports.
"Boosting security in the Caspian Sea is one of the main goals of the Damavand destroyer," Sayyari told Press TV on Monday on the sidelines of a ceremony to deliver the advanced destroyer to the Iranian Navy's fleet.
"The advanced destroyer is a result of the efforts made by Iranian specialists to help the country stand independent and achieve self-sufficiency. A high level of technology has been used in the advanced destroyer, Damavand. It's also much faster than the Jamaran destroyer," Sayyari said.
The state-of-the-art training Damavand destroyer, equipped with modern radar, electronic and reconnaissance systems, was delivered to the Iranian naval forces stationed in the northern port city of Anzali in a ceremony on Monday.
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, who was present in the ceremony to deliver the destroyer to the navy, described the Caspian Sea as a sea of peace and friendship, saying the Islamic Republic has played a unique role in providing security, particularly energy security in the sea.
"Iran has always played a key role in ensuring peace and security in this sea. Moreover, the launch of the advanced Damavand destroyer shows Iran has been successful in providing its own needs domestically despite all sanctions against the country," he added.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in essential military equipment and systems.
The Iranian Navy launched its first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran, in the Persian Gulf in February 2010. The 1,420-ton destroyer is equipped with modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities. It also features highly advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface systems.
Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
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