Iran unveils home-made vessel in Persian Gulf drill: report

08:19, April 23, 2010      

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Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled a native sonar-evading vessel dubbed Ya Mahdi in the initial phase of a Persian Gulf military drill on Thursday, local satellite Press TV reported.

"The domestically-made vessel that carries rockets with powerful destructive capability shows Iran's determined military strength in establishing security in the Persian Gulf," IRGC's naval commander Ali Reza Tangsiri was quoted as saying.

High-intensity rockets launched by remote-controlled Ya Mahdi vessels are able to destroy any targets on water surface, said Tangsiri.

Iran began a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

The three-day maneuver dubbed the "Great Prophet 5," in which the IRGC's air, naval and ground forces were participating, coincides with the 31st anniversary of the establishment of the IRGC.

Over 300 vessels equipped with torpedo and guided-missiles are taking part in the large-scale naval maneuvers.



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