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Advanced destroyers rejoin Iranian Navy after complete overhaul

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Picture taken in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr on December 21, 2021 shows a ceremony held to mark two advanced missile destroyers rejoining the Iranian Navy.

Two advanced missile destroyers have rejoined the Iranian Navy after undergoing a complete overhaul process performed by experts at home.

The vessels, named Gorz (Mace) and Khanjar (Dagger), were welcomed back into the Navy’s fleet during a special ceremony held in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr on Tuesday. Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani and Deputy President for Science and Technology Sourena Sattari were in attendance during the event.

Addressing the ceremony, Flotilla Admiral Abbas Fazel-Nia, commander of the Navy’s factories, praised the fact that the overhaul process was performed using the country’s domestic capacities.

The vessels, he said, have been equipped with domestically-overhauled integrated air defense systems, long-range cruise missiles, naval artillery, and fire suppression devices.

Each of the vessels weighs 285 tons and is 47 meters in length, and can travel as far as 1,400 kilometers before being refueled.

The ceremony also featured the unveiling of the country’s first indigenous 36,000-horsepower diesel engine that is planned to be installed on the destroyers.

Sattari said the engine would double the speed of the country’s naval vessels from around 15 to 30 nautical miles per hour.

The features turn the destroyers into vessels of choice for international naval missions in extra-territorial waters, Fazel-Nia said.

The overhaul process began in March and took 644,000 man-hours to complete.

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