Commander: Iran Ready to Construct Port Infrastructures in Syria

Fars News Agency – February 27, 2011

The Iranian Navy announced that it is prepared to help Syria with the construction and development of its port facilities, including jetties, wharfs and other infrastructures.

Addressing the crews of two Iranian military ships in the Syrian port city of Lazeqiyya, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari stated that the Iranian Navy is also able “to cooperate with the Syrian Navy in technical fields, including ship repairs and maintenance, and anti-piracy missions”.

He lauded the Iranian Navy’s high technical capabilities, saying that the country’s home-made destroyer, Jamaran, sets a clear example of its potentials and capabilities.

He also invited his Syrian counterpart General Taleb al-Barri to pay a visit to Iran to see the country’s achievements in person.

Iran’s first home-made destroyer, Jamaran, was launched in late February 2010.

The Mowdge Class vessel has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and is armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles.

Jamaran successfully test-fired different kinds of weapons, including a powerful and intelligent missile named ‘Nour’ (light), in March.

Earlier this week, Iran and Syria inked a cooperation agreement enabling the two countries’ Navy forces to boost their mutual cooperation, specially in holding joint training programs and courses.

The protocol was signed by Sayyari and al-Barri abroad Iran’s military ship, Khark.

Iran’s flotilla, which includes Khark and Alvand military ships, docked at Syria’s Lazeqiyya port on Thursday after crossing the Suez Canal on a training course.

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