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* Iranian warships arrive at Sri Lanka port on goodwill mission
Sat, Dec 21, 2013, 01:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed two naval ships and a submarine of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Naval Force Iranian arrived at the Port of Colombo on Friday (December 20).

The two Iranian ships IRIS Alborz and IRIS Bandar Abbas and the submarine Yunes are on a voyage in the Indian Ocean.

The ships' Commanding Officers along with the Mission Commander, Captain Babak Balouch, accompanied by Iran's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hasani Pour called on the Sri Lanka Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage at the Naval Headquarters.

They held cordial discussions focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill, the Sri Lankan Navy said. Military Attaché of the Iranian Embassy in Sri Lanka, Colonel Ebrahim Rouhany was also present on the occasion.

IRIS Alborz is a frigate commanded by Commander Hassan Maqsoudlon. It is 95 meters in length and has a displacement of 1,100 tons. The ship's compliment consists of 167 naval personnel including 36 officers and 131 sailors.

Tanker IRIS Bandar Abbas is a training ship commanded by Commander Mohsen Razzaqi. It is 108 meters in length and has a displacement of 4,673 tons. The ship's complement consists of 130 naval personnel including 33 officers and 97 sailors.

The Kilo-class submarine IRIS Yunes is commanded by Commander Qader Vazifeh. It is 72.6 meters in length and has a displacement of 2,356 tons. The ship's compliment consists of 80 naval personnel including 19 officers and 61 sailors.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ships' complement is scheduled to take part in special programs arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy to enhance the friendly relations between the two navies.

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