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Iran's Navy in Persian Gulf to unveil missile-launcher warship in near future

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 16, IRNA -- Iran is going to unveil a new missile-launcher warship in the near future that is expected to bolster its naval power in the Persian Gulf, the Navy commander said.

Dubbed as 'Separ' (Shield), the new missile-launcher warship is expected to join the Islamic Republic Navy flotilla in the northern Persian Gulf, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Sunday during a visit to the Makran coastal area on the Persian Gulf in southern Iran.

In line with the guidelines set by the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, requiring the country's naval force to develop missile-launcher warships, the first type of the indigenous warship class dubbed 'Peikan' (Arrow) joined the Navy in 2003, Admiral Sayyari said.

'Joshan' (Armor) and 'Darafsh' (Awl) were launched in 2006 and 2009 respectively and 'Damavand' another Iranian missile-launcher warship, named after Iran's tallest peak, was launched in 2014, he said.

Iran's Navy commander also praised members of the country's naval force for maintaining security and peace in the region.

"The security and peace we embrace today in the northern Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Sea of Oman, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, where the Iranian commercial sea vessels and oil tankers commute, are all the result of the efforts by the Iran's naval forces," Admiral Sayyari said.


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