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BANDAR ABBAS, Nov. 28 -- Two domestically-made submarines in the classes of Qadir and two domestically-manufactured hovercrafts in the classes of SR.N6 and BH7 were delivered to the Iranian Navy fleet on Wednesday during a ceremony held in the Persian Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas.
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Iran Boosts Naval Power with New Missile-Launching Frigates, Light Submarines
Iran boosted its naval power in Persian Gulf waters after a new missile launching vessel and two light submarines joined its Navy fleet on Wednesday.
The body of Sina-7 missile-launching frigate was launched in a ceremony in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas this morning on the occasion of the National Day of Navy.
During the ceremony attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, two Qadir-class light submarines also joined the Iranian naval fleet.
All parts of the Qadir-class submarines, including the hull, radar equipment and advanced defense systems, have been made domestically.
The submarines are appropriate vessels for different naval missions, including reconnaissance and combat in territorial waters, specially in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz which are not wide enough for the maneuvering of large warships and submarines.
Earlier in June, Lieutenant Commander of the Navy for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini had told FNA that construction of three classes of Sina-class missile launching frigates is on Iran's agenda.
He also mentioned that the Iranian defense ministry and the Navy are working on four projects to build four different classes of warships, and said the four projects are called Sina 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Iran's naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.
According to the report, Iran's Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.
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