x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Iran launches destroyer in the Caspian Sea

Iran has launched its domestically built destroyer in the Caspian Sea, the nation's first heavy military presence in the ocean, state TV reported.

TEHRAN // Iran today launched its domestically built destroyer in the Caspian Sea, the nation's first heavy military presence in the sea, state TV reported.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the guided-missile destroyer Jamaran-2 in the port city of Anzali, about 250 kilometres north-west of Tehran.

After final tests, the report said, Jamaran-2 will join Iran's naval fleet in the sea in coming months.

The 1,400-tonne destroyer, which has a helicopter landing pad, is 94-metres long and can cruise at 30 knots. It is equipped to surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles as well as anti-aircraft batteries and sophisticated radar and communications terminals, the report said.

Iran launched a previous version of the Jamaran destroyer in 2010 in the Arabian Gulf.

Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, the countries that surround the Caspian, have not reached an agreement on exploitation of its resources. Iran supports equally sharing the sea, but the other four countries have reached agreements on exploiting the resources through mutual pacts, putting Iran's share at about 12 per cent.