Iran deploys warships after overhaul



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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's official news agency says the country has redeployed two warships after refitting them with new anti-ship missiles.

The Sunday report by IRNA says the missile boats Neizeh and Tabarzin were equipped with Ghader and Noor anti-ship missile systems, with ranges of 200 kilometers (120 miles) and 120 kilometers (70 miles) respectively.

It said the overhaul took 30 months. Both warships joined the Iranian navy in 1981.

The report said another warship, the logistical craft Sirjan, was also deployed. A second logistical craft was deployed on Saturday.

Iran is pursuing a program of military self-sufficiency. Its navy maintains a presence in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Caspian Sea, and other bodies of water.

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