TEHRAN – Iran will unveil its domestically designed and built Fateh (Conqueror) submarine on November 28 to display its capability to build submarines, the commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, announced on Saturday.
Sayyari added that the Iranian Navy’s 31st Fleet is currently in the Red Sea on a mission to ensure the security of oil tankers and commercial vessels in international waters, Press TV reported.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in the production of important military equipment and systems. Iran has launched various classes of advanced domestically manufactured submarines, namely the Fateh, Ghadir, Qaem, Nahang, Tareq, and Sina classes.
Iranian fleet saves 2 ships from pirate attacks
Also on Saturday, the Iranian Navy announced that its 31st Fleet recently repelled pirate attacks against two commercial vessels on the high seas.
The 31st Fleet, consisting of the Bayandor, a destroyer, and the Bandar Abbas, an auxiliary ship, saved a ship from a pirate attack after the flotilla departed from the Port of Djibouti.
In another operation, the 31st Fleet repelled eight pirate boats whose crews were armed with various types of light and semi-heavy weapons and who were trying to attack another commercial vessel north of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. Both ships were en route to Iran with cargoes of medical items and raw industrial materials worth millions of dollars.
In February, the Iranian Navy said the country’s naval forces had successfully repelled over 150 pirate attacks on Iranian oil tankers and merchant vessels over the past four years. In recent years, the Iranian Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for tankers and merchant vessels. In line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially oil tankers and other ships owned or leased by Iran.
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