TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran’s first homegrown auxiliary ship that would be unveiled in coming weeks is capable of sailing around the globe three times without being refueled, the Iranian Navy commander said on Saturday.
Speaking in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, Rear Admiral Hussein Khanzadi said the Iranian Navy’s first auxiliary ship, named the Persian Gulf, will be unveiled in the Iranian month of Azar (November 21-December 20).
Once fueled up, the Iranian vessel can circumnavigate the globe three times, the commander noted, saying the non-stop navigation capability would greatly contribute to "defense and security stability” in the region.
Khanzadi said Iran’s naval power serves maritime security in the region and the world.
According to the commander, the Iranian auxiliary ship can carry several military helicopters and drones, and is furnished with a combination of missile systems and weapons fit for long journeys in ocean.
The Navy, he said, will unveil other new products in the coming weeks, including the Dena destroyer and the Saba minesweeper.
In comments in September, Khanzadi said all movements of the American military forces are monitored by Iran’s naval units, warning that any wrong action would receive a "harsh response” from the Islamic Republic.
In a massive military exercise held in the Sea of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean in September, the Iranian Navy fired a submarine-launched cruise missile, dubbed Jask.