News ID: 168622
Published: 0216 GMT September 13, 2016

IRGC unveils long-range fast cruising vessel

IRGC unveils long-range fast cruising vessel

Political Desk

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy on Tuesday unveiled a domestically-manufactured fast cruising vessel which is capable of carrying a helicopter and up to 100 people.

The watercraft was showcased during a ceremony in Iran’s southern port city of Bushehr.

Addressing the ceremony, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the 55-meter fast cruising vessel is 14.1 meters wide, with a height of 13 meters. He said the craft, which has been designed, manufactured and equipped indigenously, has an operating range of 10,000 kilometers, and is capable of carrying 100 military personnel and a helicopter on board in all weather conditions.

During inauguration ceremony, Fadavi denounced American presence in the Persian Gulf, saying it "is a cause of insecurity and lawlessness."

On October 3, 2015, the IRGC Navy unveiled a torpedo-armed watercraft capable of operating both on and under water.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other states that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.

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