Iranian Navy Gets Two New Submarines

Iranian Navy Gets Two New Submarines

Two light submarines built in Iran have joined national navy, reports governmental news agency IRNA.

This step is considered a part of Iran’s efforts to modernize its defense capability as a result of deterioration in relations with the West over Iranian nuclear program. Tehran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic oil traffic route.

Iranian Navy Commander ADM Habibollah Sayari said Ghadir-class submarines were meeting demands of the national navy, reports The Wall Street Journal.

According to the journal, Iranian authorities declared in Nov 2011 that three Ghadir-class subs were commissioned into Iranian navy.

It is believed that Iran operates 12 submarines including three Russian-made ones, although exact number is not disclosed.

Naval Today Staff , February 13, 2012; Image: 7rangers