Iran includes three indigenous submarines in navy

November 29th, 2011 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Nov 29 (IANS) Three domestically-built submarines, which can work at shallow depths and conduct prolonged coastal missions, have been included in Iran’s naval fleet, a top defence official has announced.

Deputy commander of the navy, Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem-Bigham said the 120-tonne Ghadir-class submarines were capable of launching torpedoes, operating in shallow waters and precise targeting, Xinhua reported citing the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) TV.

The vessels were delivered to the navy Sunday in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

The Ghadir was first unveiled by Iran in 2007. The Iranian fleet currently has 11 Ghadir submarines in service, according to IRIB.

Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country also plans to hold a major naval war game in international waters.

The war game, to be held in the Sea of Oman and north of the Indian Ocean in the near future, will differ from the previous ones in terms of the vastness of the area of action and military equipment and tactics that would be employed in the manoeuvre, he said.

Iran has already held a number of war games in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in the face of threats from western countries.

In recent years, the Iranian navy has dispatched a number of warships to international waters and has invited regional states to hold joint war games in regional waters.

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