Iran releases 'Ghadir' submarines, hovercrafts on water
By S. ISAYEV AND T. JAFAROV | Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan | Published: November 28, 2012
Iran today has released two Ghadir-class submarines and two hovercrafts on water, in presence of country's Navy generals and other high ranking officials, IRINN Tv channel reported live.
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was among the Navy officials at the ceremony. Yesterday, he said that the Iranian experts have also build special submarine simulators, which will be used to prepare for real submarines.
Iran's "Sina-7" battleship has also been released on water, and according to Sayyari -- it has an improved design over previous series, more optimized, and has gone through better manufacturing technology.
In September, upon the order of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran has released new military submarine "Tareq 901" into water in Bandar Abbas port, IRINN Tv channel reported.
Tareq 901 is a three Kilo-class, Russian type 877EKM, submarine which was delivered to the Iranian Navy from 1992 to 1997.
Iran's submarine force currently consists of Russian Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines (Tareq 901, Noor 902, Yunes 903), one 500-ton Nahang and four 120-ton Yono-class (also referred to as Qadir or Ghadir-class) midget submarines.
Iran also released "Sahand" frigate into water, along with the submarine. This particular Sahand frigate was manufactured by Iranian engineers.
The original Iranian frigate Sahand, a British-made Vosper Mark V class frigate (also known as Alvand class frigate), was commissioned as part of a four-ship order.
The ship was originally called Faramarz, named after a character in Ferdosi's Shahnameh. However after the Islamic Revolution it was renamed Sahand, after the Sahand volcano. Sahand frigate is of second class among Jamaran destroyer frigates.
The construction of Sahand has been completed ahead of schedule, in 9 months. It is planned to equip the frigate with modern defense technology as well as special stealth capabilities.
Both the submarine and frigate were released upon the order of Khamenei, in the Bandar Abbas port of Iran.