Iran building its second naval destroyer

NDTV – December 26, 2011

The Iranian navy is constructing its second modern destroyer, a senior official has said.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told IRNA that the destroyer, which enjoys capabilities in 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 official said that the Jamaran-1 warship destroyer is present in the war games which are underway in Iran’s southern waters, reported Xinhua.

The Iranian navy launched a 10-day massive naval exercise 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 have been deployed in the maneuvers.

Earlier this month, Parviz Sorouri, a member of Iranian 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 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.