Iran to unveil missile-launching warship: commander

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TEHRAN (Xinhua) – Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Monday that the country will unveil a home- made missile-launching warship in the coming days, Press TV reported.

“One of the new achievements of the navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is Sinai 7 missile-launching warship… which will be unveiled on Wednesday (Nov. 28),” Sayyari was quoted as saying.

“Two new Ghadir-class submarines will also become operational on Wednesday and an advanced simulator for instructing the personnel of Ghadir submarine will be unveiled,” he added.

According to Press TV, the Ghadir-class submarine was first unveiled in 2007. The 120-ton vessel has shallow-depth performance and can conduct prolonged coastal missions.

Two hovercrafts, BH7 and SRNX (Tondar), will also join the Navy on Wednesday, Sayyari added.

Sayyari said last week that the Islamic republic would hold a major naval drill dubbed Velayat 91, or Guardianship 91, in the 10th month of the next Iranian calendar year (from Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 20, 2013), to display the navy’s might and deterrence power.

The report did not mention the location of the exercise. Iran has conducted naval drills in its southern waters.

The Iranian commander also said the navy had plans to send a fleet of warships to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

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