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Battery blast at Iranian naval facility kills three workers

09 April 2019

Iranian media sources said an explosion at a naval shipbuilding facility near Bandar Abbas in the south of the country killed three workers. A March 6 report by the Fardanews website said the three technicians died when batteries exploded in an unidentified submarine they were working on.

Fateh-class submarine - Image: Fars
Fateh-class submarine - Image: Fars

The naval facility is situated 37 kilometres west of Bandar Abbas, which overlooks the Strait of Hormuz and the entrance to the Persian Gulf. The country has invested heavily in submarines to control the strategic seaways off its southern coast.

In February, the country launched a new locally-made submarine capable of firing cruise missiles. Named the Fateh, Fars news agency said the new submarine is Iran’s first in the semi-heavy category, filling a gap between the light Ghadir class and the heavy Kilo class submarines that the country possesses.

Fars said the near 600-ton underwater vessel is equipped with torpedoes and naval mines in addition to cruise missiles, and can operate more than 200 meters below sea level for up to 35 days.

A report on state TV in April said that the country’s navy had also acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow coastal waters.

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