Departure of IRINS Damavand (77) Moudge class frigate
According to Tasnim News Agency:
Iran’s homegrown destroyer Damavand, accompanied by two missile-launching frigates, left the country’s northern waters on Sunday for an overseas mission to Russia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Iranian fleet departed from the country’s Caspian port city of Bandar Anzali on Sunday morning. Its itinerary includes a port call at Astrakhan, a city in southern European Russia.
The Iranian naval fleet, which also includes Peykan and Joshan frigates, is scheduled to dock at Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, on its way back home. A total of 200 Navy servicemen are aboard the fleet in this mission, which is planned to last 14 days.
The purpose of the mission is to have an exchange of experiences, boost preparedness, and respond to a recent visit to Iran of a Russian naval fleet as part of routine naval interactions, Iran’s Navy said.COMMENTARY: This is the first excursion of IRINS with foreign Port of Calls. The two ships joining in the foreign tour are:
- IRINS Paykan (P224) Sina class patrol missile boat
- IRINS Joshan (P225) Sina class patrol missile boat
Paykan and Joshan previously visited Astarakhan, Russia in 2013. Damavand officially joined IRIN on 09MAR15.
Bow section of IRINS Damavand with view of IRIN Naval Jack
Koran departure ceremony for IRIN petty officers first class
Detail of Fajr-27 (OTO Melara) 76 mm naval gun
Detail of emblem for IRINS Damavand frigate, located on ship's funnel
Detail of ship's placard for IRINS Damavand frigate
Midship section of IRINS Damavand frigate, including view of phased-array radar and AShCM launchers
Detail of midship section of IRINS Damavand frigate
Helicopter deck of IRINS Damavand frigate, with view of Haraz tugboat
Anzali tugboat assisting IRINS Damavand frigate
Anzali and unidentified tugboat from Nowshahr assisting IRINS Damavand frigate
Photos: M. Mohammadi at Islamic Republic News Agency