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Iran's navy launches first home-made destroyer: report

English.news.cn   2010-02-19 23:43:30 FeedbackPrintRSS

A handout photo shows Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (2nd R) visiting the country's first domestically-made destroyer Jamaran, which was launched in undisclosed waters of the Persian Gulf in south Iran February 19, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iran's navy launched its first domestically made destroyer in the presence of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday, Iran's English-language satellite channel Press TV reported.

The Jamaran guided missile destroyer, a Mowdge Class vessel, has a displacement of around 1,420 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities, Press TV said.

The multi-mission destroyer, which has a top speed of 30 knots, can carry 120-140 personnel on board and is armed with a variety of anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles.

The destroyer has also been equipped with torpedoes and modern naval cannons, the report added.

The official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying that there will be times more valuable and magnificent works in the field of navy construction in Iran in the future.

"Some causes might initially seem to be ambitious but under high endeavors, overshadowed by faith and trust, any seemingly impossible goal will be possible," Khamenei said.

"By the same token, definitely future works in the field of navy construction will prove to be more giant and valuable," he added.

A handout photo shows Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) talking to a military commander as he visits the country's first domestically-made destroyer Jamaran, which was launched in undisclosed waters of the Persian Gulf in south Iran February 19, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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