The Iranian Navy officially launched a heavy submarine after the subsurface vessel was overhauled by the country's experts.
Tareq 901 submarine was launched in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Tuesday at the order of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
In May, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari lauded Iranian experts’ success in repairing heavy submarines, saying their outstanding capabilities and mastery of the hi-tech used in naval vessels display the failure of sanctions and pressures against Iran.
He said the submarine, called Tareq, is now fully ready to be dispatched to the high seas.
He pointed to the Supreme Leader’s recent remarks that “enemies are trying to display Iranians as an incapable nation”, and said: “Today we show that the “We Can” and that our ability is way beyond the enemy’s imaginations”.
Last year, the Iranian Navy’s Tareq-class submarine, “Younus”, managed to set a new record in sailing the international waters and high seas for 68 days.
Iran’s Younus submarine, sailing alongside warships of the 14th fleet of the Iranian Navy, returned home early June 2011 following an over 2-months long mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The deployment of the Iranian submarine in the Red Sea was the first such operation by the country’s Navy in far-off waters.
Source: Fars News Agency - FNA; Photo: FNA