"Iran Launches First Domestically Made Destroyer
DAILY COLLECTION OF MARITIME PRESS CLIPPINGS 2010 – 055
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Iran's navy launched its first domestically made
destroyer in the Persian Gulf on Feb. 19 in a
ceremony attend by the supreme leader and the
commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the
media reported. "Iran's navy on Friday took the
delivery of the first indigenously designed and
developed guided missile destroyer "Jamaran" in
the Persian Gulf," Iran's English-language Press
The 94 mtr vessel is equipped with modern
radars and electronic warfare capabilities, the
report said. "Jamaran, a multi-mission
destroyer, can carry 120-140 personnel on board
and is armed with a variety of anti-ship and
surface-to-air missiles with a top speed of up to 30 knots and has a helipad," the report added. "The vessel has also
been equipped with torpedoes and modern naval cannons."
State television also showed footage of the vessel and the ceremony at which it was launched by Khamenei flanked by
the top Iranian military commanders. Much of Iran's naval equipment dates from before the 1979 Islamic revolution
and is U.S. made. Since the revolution, Tehran has purchased a number of Russian-made submarines.
In the past year Iranian navy has carried out a number of missions in the Gulf of Aden and offshore Somalia where it
was commissioned to escort Iranian merchant ships and oil tankers. Tehran is enriching uranium, which many
Western countries and Israel fear is a step toward manufacturing an atomic bomb. Tehran rejects such charges,
saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful On Thursday, the U.N. atomic watchdog expressed concern that Iran
might have been trying to develop a nuclear warhead. On Feb. 19, Iran dismissed the concern as "baseless." Iran is
under U.N. sanctions for failing to obey Security Council resolutions demanding that it halt enrichment. Neither the
United States nor Israel have ruled out military action if it does not eventually do so."
As this news report comes from a PDF file, which is not online as far as I know, I can not link to a picture here, but the vessel is definitely not a destroyer, it's more like a frigate, and in fact, it looks a lot like a home-made update of their old Vosper mk5 frigates.
Thanks for bringing that to my attention!
You can tell how far they are behind in ship manufacting, look at the sides of that ship, more wrinkles then an elephant. Their metal fabricators and steel rollers have much to be desired when compared with other countries ship building.
Fortitude.....The strength to persist...The courage to endure.
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