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Iran guarantees security in Caspian Sea: Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) flashes the victory sign at a ceremony to launch Jamaran-2 destroyer in the Caspian Sea on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) flashes the victory sign at a ceremony to launch Jamaran-2 destroyer in the Caspian Sea on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran’s Jamaran-2 destroyer is in the Caspian Sea to guarantee sustainable security in that region


“Iran’s [naval] presence in seas is aimed at strengthening friendship, establishing security for all, and confronting extremism and those who intend to disturb the security of nations as well as the Caspian Sea,” he said on Sunday.

The president was attending a ceremony to launch Iran’s indigenous Jamaran-2 destroyer.

"Without a doubt all neighboring countries are happy with Iranian Navy’s achievements because they consider these advancements as a step towards their own security in the region,” the president added.

Ahmadinejad praised Iran’s naval experts for their success in designing components of the destroyer.

“Twenty years ago, nobody would have thought we could do this. Today we have succeeded,” he said.

The destroyer was launched in the Caspian Sea near the northern Iranian port city of Bandar Anzali in the presence of Ahmadinejad, Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Iran’s Navy chief, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

Jamaran-2, a Mowj-class warship, has been designed and built by Iranian experts and has state-of-the-art navigation equipment and complex defensive systems.

The 1,420-ton destroyer is powered by a 20,000-horsepower engine with a speed of 30 knots and has the capability to carry helicopters, different surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, as well as advanced artillery and torpedo systems. It is also equipped with electronic war system.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Tehran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, insisting that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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