Iran Launches First Oceanographic Survey Ship

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Iran’s first hydrographic and oceanographic survey ship called Persian Gulf Explorer was launched after being delivered to National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science.

The first Iranian hydrographic and oceanographic survey ship, which has been designed and built by the Iranian Defence Ministry’s Marine Industries Organization, was officially put into the water during a ceremony in Bandar Abbas.

Addressing the delivery ceremony, Head of Marine Industries Organization Rastegari referred to distinguished characteristics of the newly-built vessel, and said, “Persian Gulf Explorer enjoys an operating range of three thousand sea miles, lasting 40 days at sea and a maximum speed of 15 knots with excellent manoeuvrability, power, satellite communications systems, advanced CCP propulsion systems, a data transfer system, and the DP system for dynamic stabilization of the ship.”

“The vessel is also equipped with three laboratories and two freezers,” highlighted the official, adding, “The ship has received approval from reputable domestic and foreign institutions and offers numerous applications in the field of physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, geology, sea geophysics, professional climatology including atmospheric and meteorology in addition to sea mapping,” Mehr quoted him as saying.

Rastegari went on to say that 85 mechanical, mobility, propulsion, electrical and electronics, navigation and telecommunication systems were embedded in the vessel; “a total of 150 industrial, research, academic and knowledge-based centres as well as various industry organizations of the Defence Department spent more than 300 thousand hours and carried out about 12 thousand administrative activities in order to construct the ship.

He deemed the project as a symbol of Resistance Economy, adding that “sanctions imposed by enemies led to this national achievement.”

Here are IRNA’s photos of the ceremony:

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