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Iran stricken by new marine crash

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Iran was stricken by another marine crash as Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian sea following the crash of Iranian tanker Sanchi in Eastern China Sea, according to reports translated by Zaman al-Wasl.

The warship Damavand crashed into concrete waves breakers at the harbor town of Bandar Inzali, causing damage to its body. The Iranian Navy rushed to say the damage was light and superficial.

Some thought that Iran talk of minor damage to the Iranian destroyer was premature, and that its crew had been thrown into the sea (four of them rescued while two were missing). It seems that the crash was graver than what the Iranian Navy described. 

Regardless of the gravity of the damage to Damavand, the mere crash of Damavand and its impact on the naval pier is a powerful blow to the prestige of the Islamic Republic, which is trying to build its image by marketing its military power, particularly land and sea, and a painful blow to the Iranian military industry. If we know that Damavand is the pride of this military industry, the modern generation of Gamaran, referring to locally manufactured warships. More than 700 Iranian industrial and research centers, collaborated on the design and manufacture of Damavand until the project was completed 2013.

The destroyer Damavand was not operational until two years ago (Spring of 2015), which means it is almost entirely new, and is not supposed to be exposed to such an accident, which a maritime site report said was not caused by weather disturbance in the Caspian Sea, but rather due to concrete errors of the crew during the command of the warship.

In order to shed light on the magnitude and importance of Damavand, it is sufficient to know that the length of this destroyer is about 100 meters and weighs about 1,500 tons. It is capable of carrying helicopters and equipped with anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns and modern machine guns which makes it - in theory - destructive ideal for use in all fields and against different targets.

In addition to the variety of its armament, the destroyer Damavand has significant technical advantages. It was supplied with 25 electrical and communications systems, including naval radars, communication systems, detection and intercepts, which Iran said were domestically manufactured.

The Iranian military boasts that when they talk about Damavand, it is destructive, capable of tracking and dealing with air, surface and sub-surface targets at once. Perhaps all of the above illustrates the fact that the Iranian military fleet was exposed to a setback morally speakıng at the very least and that the crash reaffirmed the extent to which Tehran is exaggerating when it talks about the "development" of its military industries and perhaps even its "superiority" over the industries of other countries, which have a firm foot in this field.

The destruction of the warship Damavand three days after the crash of a huge Iranian oil tanker Sanshi (275 meters) while crossing the East China Sea, carrying136 thousand tons of flammable crude oil ( about one million barrels), and the value of the load alone is about 60 million dollars.

Not only did the disaster destroy the tanker and the fire broke out (experts estimated it would be burning for about a month). There were 31 mariners on board, whose fate was still unknown, possibly dead, especially after they had not been found.

Zaman A Wasl
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