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2023-October-1  10:50

Iran to Enhance Naval Power with Another Advanced Indigenous Destroyer

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said that his forces will soon receive a new domestically- manufactured destroyer, dubbed “Deylaman”, which is more sophisticated than the military vessels already showcased.

Speaking at a ceremony in commemoration of the anniversary of the 1980-88 Iraq-imposed war on Saturday, Rear Admiral Irani stated Iran’s naval fleet will take delivery of a new domestically-designed and developed destroyer, which is furnished with much more advanced and elaborate systems compared to “Dena”.

Dena is equipped with various defense and offense systems, designed to make long journeys in the oceans, and capable of detecting, tracking, and hitting various aerial, surface, and submarine targets. The destroyer is also capable of carrying helicopters on its deck.

Iran’s Navy has in recent years achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing surface and sub-surface vessels.

The remarks came months after the Iranian Navy’s 86th flotilla, comprised of Dena and Makran ships, finished its historic world voyaging mission after eight months and sailing 65,000km.

For the first time in Iran’s naval history, the 86th flotilla, comprised of Dena and Makran warships, undertook a long voyage around the world and sailed in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without relying on aid from shores. 

Tehran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to them, insisting that its defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

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In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers. In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, safeguarding merchant containers and oil ships owned or leased by Iran or other countries.

The naval forces have in recent years managed to thwart several pirate attacks on both Iranian and foreign oil tankers and trade vessels

The Iranian naval forces succeeded in escorting more than 10,000 commercial ships to ensure their safe passage during the eight years of the Sacred Defense (1980-88). And over the past 12 years, the forces have thwarted hundreds of pirate attacks.

The Islamic Republic’s military doctrine holds that the country’s armed capability solely serves defensive purposes.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made substantial headway in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the weaponry sphere.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the country will not hesitate to boost its military capabilities, including its missile and drone power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will never be subject to negotiation.