Nov 21, 2018 08:42 Asia/Tehran

Iran's top naval commander has stressed that the domestically-manufactured submarine ‘Fatih’ will "definitely" take the country’s enemies by surprise.

Iran pressIran news: Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi made the remark in a press conference on Wednesday, adding that the 'Fatih' submarine and 'Sahand' destroyer will be commissioned by the Iranian Navy in the coming week.

According to an Iran Press report Admiral Khanzadi added: "Sanctions taught us to stand on our own feet, and rely on no country for establishment of security. There is no insecurity in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz."

He added: "The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are in charge of maintaining security in these areas. We will maintain this security independently and without the need for the presence of trans-regional forces, either from the East or the West."

He also noted that the first international anti-piracy exercise will take place next year in the Indian Ocean with participation of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium member countries.

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The Fatih (Conqueror) submarine is a 100-percent domestically-sourced technology manufactured at the Ministry of Defense. The 600-ton Fatih is among semi-heavy submarines and is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry such as torpedoes and naval mines. It can operate more than 200 meters below the sea surface for near five weeks, according to Navy officials. 101/202


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