Test for Iran’s largest military ship for Caspian navy underway

Baku: Iran has begun testing the largest military ship envisaged for the Caspian navy.

On July 17, the ship was released onto the sea from the Bandar-e Anzali Port for test, APA reports quoting Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

The frigate Damavand manufactured at Shahid Tamjidi Marine Industries (STMI) plant is Iran’s second Jamaran (under the Moudge program) frigate. Construction of the ship, specified as a destroyer according to Iran’s MNF classification, started in 2007 and released onto the sea in March 2013.

The first frigate named Jamaran as part of the Moudge program was incorporated into the fleet of Iran’s Naval Forces in the Persian Gulf in 2010.

The frigate is 100 meters in length, over 1,300 tons in weight, and can sail at a speed of about 30 miles per hour. The ship is said to be equipped with radio location systems to observe targets on the sea and ground, as well as up-to-date means of electronic fight.

Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran has a plan to further reinforce its presence in the Caspian Sea in the coming years. The new ship is equipped with long-range missiles and unmanned drones capable of conducting exploration and combat on the sea.