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Iran to boost its navy

Iran is set to boost its naval capabilities with a new missile-carrying Peykan-class warship, it has been announced.

Naval spokesman First Captain Ahmad Reza Baqeri of Iran's northern fleet pointed out that this will be the fourth warship in its class built by Shahid Tamjidi Maritime Industries Group in Bandar Anzali. He said that the new ship will join the Iranian Navy in the Caspian Sea soon.

Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Iran's plans on Monday to equip the navy not only with the new missile-carrying warship but also a new submarine. Speaking to journalists in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, Sayyari revealed that the Peykan-class ship will be named Separ and the submarine Fateh.

Both will be commissioned in the near future

he added.

The admiral also mentioned that the overhaul of the Tyne-built warship Kharg is nearing completion. When ready to rejoin the fleet, the vessel will be dispatched to the north of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to be prepared for longer missions.

Admiral Sayyari underlined the fact that the Iranian Navy is able to manufacture all of its weapons and equipment domestically.

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