The Iran Navy has formally inducted a new domestically built destroyer, Damavand, into its fleet in the northern port city of Bandar-e-Anzali on the Caspian Sea.
Damavand is an advanced version of the Mowj-class Jamaran destroyer and will be used for anti-drug smuggling operations and counter terrorism in the Caspian Sea.
Press TV quoted Iran Navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying: "Boosting security in the Caspian Sea is one of the main goals of the Damavand destroyer."
The 90m-long and 1,300t ship can carry helicopters, anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes, modern guns and air defence guns.
It was originally scheduled to join the naval service by August 2013, but has been delayed for unknown reasons.
Sayyari was quoted by AFP as saying that Damavand is faster and more agile than Jamaran, which was launched in the Persian Gulf in February 2010.
The 1,420t Jamaran destroyer features modern radar systems and other electronic warfare capabilities, as well as advanced anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-subsurface systems.
According to Iranian media, construction on three other Damavand-like destroyers is currently underway.
Iran Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani was quoted by The Iran Project as saying: "Iran has always played a key role in ensuring peace and security in this sea.
"Moreover, the launch of the advanced Damavand destroyer shows Iran has been successful in providing its own needs domestically, despite all sanctions against the country."