Iran's Navy to Launch Second Modern Destroyer
    2011-12-26 00:37:00     Xinhua       Web Editor: Cui Chaoqun

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Sunday that the Iranian navy was constructing its second modern warship destroyer called Jamaran-2.

Talking to the official IRNA news agency, Sayyari said the destroyer, which enjoys capabilities in three areas of surface-to- air, surface-to-surface and sub-surface operations, will join the Iranian fleet soon.

The Jamaran-2 is also capable of offering fuel to helicopters, he said.

The Navy commander further noted that the Jamaran-1 warship destroyer is present in the Velayat-90 war games which are underway in Iran's southern waters for a 10-day period.

The Iranian Navy launched a 10-day massive naval exercises in the international waters on Saturday.

The naval drills, dubbed Velayat 90, cover an area of 2,000 km stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Different classes of submarines, including Tareq and Ghadir, the newest ground-to-sea missile systems and torpedoes will be employed in the maneuvers.

It is the first time the Iranian Navy carries out naval drills in such a vast area, Sayyari said at a press conference on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Parviz Sorouri, a member of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that Iran plans to practice its ability to close the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important passages for exports of crude oil and oil products from littoral states of the Persian Gulf.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said later that closing the Strait of Hormuz is not on Iran's agenda since Iran believes in upholding the stability and peace of the region.

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