Cruising the world’s oceans: Iran sends warship with missiles on long-range cruise

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Iran sends warship with long-range missiles

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Iranian drones are displayed on a truck during an Army Day parade at a military base in the capital Tehran. (archive image)

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Iran has converted a container ship into a warship: the “Shahid Mahdavi” is said to be able to carry large amounts of explosives and apparently serves as a launch pad for drones and missiles. Now it has been sent on a long journey. It is not clear where the ship is.

DThe Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has intercepted a missile-equipped warship on a long-range cruise. As reported by radio on Saturday, “Shahid Mahdavi” crossed the equator towards the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in the world’s oceans. Exactly where the ship is is not known.

“Shahid Mahdavi” was delivered a year ago as a replacement for a container ship. The ship serves as a sea base for the Iranian Navy, with launchers for drones and missiles. The launch of the medium-range missiles, which can reach targets 1,700 kilometers away, was tested for the first time in February.

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As it says “Tehran TimesIt is 240 meters long and 27 meters wide. It was “like a mobile sea city ready for sea expeditions,” a military official was quoted as saying in the report.

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Larger cargo ships can carry anti-aircraft weapons and various munitions.Jerusalem Post” a few weeks ago.

The ship’s name “Shahid Mahdavi” means “Martyr Mahdavi” in German. It goes to Revolutionary Guard Navy Commander Nader Mahdavi, who died in 1987 in a battle with the US Navy in the Persian Gulf.

Editor’s Note: Information about the ship’s size and weight has been changed as information provided by Iranian media could not be independently verified.

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