The Iranian Navy today inducted two new ships-an oil tanker converted into a helicopter carrier that can double up as a supply chip; and a missile corvette.
The Makran forward base ship and Zereh (Armor) missile-launching frigate were inducted the first day of a naval drill dubbed Eqtedar (Power) on January 13, Tasnim News reported.
Makran forward base ship can carry 100,000 tons of fuel and fresh water and supply them to the naval vessels in various locations. The Iranian vessel is capable of making voyages for 1,000 days without a port call.
This ship will be Iran’s largest, with the capacity of carrying seven helicopters. It could provide support for the Navy’s forces and warships in high seas, especially in the Northern Indian Ocean, Bab el-Mandeb Strait and Red Sea.