Iran Follows US In Refitting Container Ship As Operations Base

Iran says it’s reworking business container or cruise ships into massive army vessels, the Fars News company reported Saturday.

The company, which is affiliated to the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), mentioned the IRGC navy was as a consequence of fee ‘Shahid Mahdavi’ as a ahead base ship based mostly at Bandar Abbas port that may after refitting be amongst Iran’s largest vessels. The ship was named in honor of Nader Mahdavi, one in every of seven IRGC personnel ‘martyred’ in an engagement with the US navy in October 1987 throughout the Iran-Iraq battle.

Aurora Intel, protection analysts, mentioned the ship – previously known as Savin, Sarita, Dandle, Twelfth Ocean, Iran Esfahan – is a 22-year-old container vessel with a nominal capability of three,300 20-foot equal items (TEUs).

At 240 meters lengthy and 32 meters throughout, the brand new IRGC ship seems to be of comparable size to the Iranian navy’s ahead base ship Makran, which was previously an oil tanker, however it is going to be by far the biggest ship within the IRGC’s naval forces. Fars mentioned the IRGC is upgrading cargo ships into army ones following the US follow as with the USS Lewis B Puller expeditionary cell base vessel and the MV Ocean Dealer, which serves as a ahead base for US particular forces.