Friday, February 19, 2010

Iran unveils self-built destroyer

Feb 19 - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a ceremony to launch the Islamic Republic's first domestically-built destroyer.

NOTE: Narration from Iranian tv broadcast only.

Iranian state television showed footage of the warship Jamaran and said she was equipped with torpedoes and electronic radar. The broadcast, on the English language Press TV channel, said the ship is 94 metres long and more than 1,500 tonnes.

Tension is high in the long-running international row over Iran's nuclear programme, with Western powers calling for a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Tehran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment.

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