Alvand, Kharg: Iranian navy ships Latkia-bound
Iran frigate DE 71 Alvand and replenishment ship 431 Kharg will passage the Suez Canal toward the Mediterranean Sea on February 21.
The two ships will dock at the Syrian port of Latkia, the first Iranian naval ships to pass through the canal since Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979.
DISPLACEMENT 1250 tons / 1540 tons (fl)
ARMAMENT 4 / C-802 SSM
1 / 114mm 55-cal. Vickers Mk 8 DP
2 / 35mm 90-cal. Oerlikon AA (II x 1)
3 / 20mm 90-cal. Oerlikon AA (I x 3)
2 / 12.7mm machine guns (I x 2)
2 / 81mm mortar (I x 2)
1 / 3 round Limbo Mk 10 ASW mortar
6 / 324mm ASW torpedo tubes (III x 2)
MACHINERY CODOG; 2 Rolls Royce Olympus TM-3A gas turbines; 2 Paxman 16-cyl. Ventura diesels; 2 CP props; 46000 shp (turbines) 3800 bhp (diesels)
SPEED 39 knots
RANGE 5000 / 15
United Kingdom-built originally armed with nine Sea Cat anti-air missiles and five Sea Killer anti-ship missiles. The Iranian Navy has since replaced these missiles with Chinese equivalents.
DISPLACEMENT 33014 tons (fl)
ARMAMENT 1 / 76mm 62-cal. OTO Melara Compact DP
12 / 23mm 87-cal. ZU-23-2 AA
MACHINERY 1 set Westinghouse geared steam turbines; 1 prop; 26870shp
SPEED 21 knots
Can accommodate Sea-King size helicopters