An Iranian flotilla of warships left the country’s northern waters on Sunday for an overseas mission to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Iranian flotilla, comprised of Damavand destroyer and Joshan missile-launching frigate, departed from the Caspian port city of Bandar Anzali on Sunday morning for Azerbaijan’s capital and coastal city of Baku.
A top Navy commander said a total of 200 seamen are aboard the fleet in the mission to Baku, which is planned to last 3 days.
The purpose of the mission is to convey the message of peace and friendship to the neighboring Caspian Sea littoral states, he added.
Damavand, a 100-meter-long destroyer weighing more than 1,300 tons, officially joined the Navy’s northern fleet in the Caspian Sea in March 2015.
More than 700 industrial, research and academic Iranian centers cooperated in designing and producing the military vessel, which is also a training warship.
Experts at Iran’s Defense Ministry have installed 25 homegrown electronics and communication systems on Damavand, including advanced naval radars and systems for communication, detection and interception.
Damavand is a Jamaran-class destroyer with unique features to meet the demands of the Iranian naval forces in the country’s northern waters.
The advanced destroyer is capable of tracking aerial, surface and sub-surface targets simultaneously.