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Iranian submarines to navigate Caspian Sea – report


Tehran plans to deploy “light submarines” to the Caspian Sea, Iranian Navy top brass has told Fars news agency. The Persian country appears to be gearing up its forces in the oil-rich waters, where shelf boundaries still remain somewhat vague.

­Adm. Abbas Zamini says Iran is to dispatch light submarines to the Caspian Sea, reads the Saturday report by the semi-official Fars news agency. Zamini did not elaborate on how many subs would be deployed or what the nature of their missions would be.

After Moscow, Tehran is the second power in the sea that adjoins Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. Iran’s Caspian force is estimated to be around 100 missile boats, two of which are equipped with anti-ship missiles. Tehran has also earlier announced it is building a destroyer, which will become the largest ship in its Caspian fleet.

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