Saturday Dec 31, 201110:45 AM GMT
Iran drill showcasing newest submarines
Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:48AM
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Ghadir class submarines actively participate in Iran's naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz
The spokesman for Iranian Navy's Velayat 90 war games in the Strait of Hormuz says three of Iran's newest domestically-manufactured Ghadir-class submarines are actively present in the naval drills.

Speaking on the eighth day of the military exercises on Saturday, Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi pointed out that all systems and equipment of the three submarines have been designed and manufactured by Iranian experts.

The 120-ton Ghadir submarine which was first unveiled in 2007 has excellent shallow depth performance and can conduct prolonged coastal missions. The Iranian fleet currently has 11 Ghadir submarines in service.

Mousavi said, Iran has the know-how of designing and building different classes of submarines today, expressing hope that in the near future the Iranian Navy will manufacture submarines with higher tonnage.

The Iranian commander also made reference to the Navy's strategic focus on night operations, saying the naval forces make optimum use of their electronic and wiretapping equipment to prepare themselves to overcome the restrictions of operations within darkness.

The power phase of Velayat 90 naval maneuver commenced early on Saturday.

Iran's Navy launched the massive 10-day naval exercises on December 24. The military maneuvers cover an area from the east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Iran says that the drills are defensive in nature and intended to convey a message of peace and friendship to the countries in the region.


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