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IRINS YUNES (SSK 903) TAREQ (KILO) CLASS (PROJECT 877 EKM) SUBMARINE
Reported from Islamic Republic News Agency:
Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Prov, July 5, IRNA – Iranian 'Younes' submarine has returned home at the end of its first international mission which was completed successfully, it was reported Tuesday.
Younes was sailing alongside warships belonged to the 14th fleet of the Iranian Navy, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told IRNA in this southern province.
Younes and its accompanying warships have returned home Monday after they successfully conducted maritime surveillance operations and identified the warships of other countries in international waters, he added.
They returned home following their nearly two-month-long mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The Iranian submarine entered the waters of the Red Sea on June 7 and joined the 14th fleet of warships.
The deployment of Iranian military submarines in the Red Sea was the first such operation by the Iranian Navy in distant waters, Rear Admiral Sayyari said.
Iran Navy fleet expeditions are being provided with greater publicized exposure; this time with the inclusion of a returning Kilo class submarine. According to Captain Hossein Hariri, commander of IRINS Yunes:
"During the [66-day, 3800 mile] mission, all the systems optimized by the country's experts were successfully tested."
He stated that the submarine and his crew succeeded in identifying and detecting a large number of the vessels during the course of its mission and recorded all radar and sonar specifications of these fleets.