The Iranian Navy is going to hold drills in the Inian Ocean, Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani told IRNA on December 8. He noted that the drills will involve the Navy’s state-of-the-art equipment, including the destroyer Sahand and two Ghadir-class submarines that recently joined the fleet.
The Black Sea Fleet is expected to get 6 warships of various classes and 6 support vessels in 2019, Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said on December 10.
“The delivery of 12 warships and vessels is planned for 2019: six combat ships and six support vessels,” Moiseyev said. “These will be missile corvettes and patrol ships, and the component of the support fleet and hydrographic survey vessels are also important for us.”
Earlier on the same day, the corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo armed with Kalibr cruise missiles was accepted for service in the Black Sea Fleet.
Naval Aviation Chief Major-General Igor Kozhin said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda revealed that the Navy will receive advanced shipborne aircraft in 2021-2030.
“This relates to replacing special aviation aircraft with new models and arming the Navy with shipborne fighter jets (MiG-29K/KUB), attack, transport and landing helicopters (Ka-52K) and drones,” Kozhin said.