Iran launched a domestically built destroyer in the Caspian Sea on today, its first deployment of a major warship in the oil-rich region, state TV reported.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the guided missile destroyer Jamaran-2 in the port city of Anzali, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Tehran.
He said the deployment aimed to bolster peace and friendship in the region. “The destroyer is there to meet those who want to jeopardize the security of surrounding nations,” he said, without elaborating.
There are multiple disputes between the nations that surround the Caspian – Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – on how the inland sea should be divided. Read more at the AP.