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11:32 AM, December 10, 2018
Newly-inducted Ghadir-class Subs to Participate in Iran Navy’s Military Drill
Sahand stealth destroyer (image tweeted by @Iran)

Iran's newly inducted home-grown Ghadir-class mini submarines will take part in the country's military drill within the perimeters of Iran’s southern territorial waters, in the Indian Ocean this winter.

“Navy's equipment, including the two Ghadir-class submarines that recently joined Iran's naval fleet, would take part in the drill,”  Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani was quoted as saying by PressTV Saturday.

The two Ghadir-class submarines that joined Iran’s naval fleet on November 29 are capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines.

Kaviani further said that various destroyers, including “Sahand”, would also be taking part in the Navy's military exercise.

Launched December 2, the Sahand can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply and has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.

It is the third of Mowj-class frigates built by Iran after the Jamaran and the Damavand, but its enhanced operational capabilities and size make it twice stronger in terms of offensive and defensive features, the report added.

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