TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Iranian Navy’s fleet in the Sea of Oman took delivery of a new missile-launching warship dubbed Konarak on Monday.

In a ceremony at a naval base in Iran’s southeastern port city of Konarak, the military vessel of the same name came into service.

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi and a number of local officials attended the event.

The homegrown missile-launching corvette would enhance the Navy’s combat capabilities in the country’s southern waters.

In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in high seas to secure naval routes and protect vessels against pirate attacks.

The Iranian Navy dispatches flotillas, involving homegrown naval gear, to the international waters on a routine basis.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has called for the expansion of the Navy’s capabilities by making use of the country’s advances in other sectors, urging the Navy to enhance its capabilities both in terms of military gear and combat power.