Iran

Iran launches rearmed 50-year-old destroyer on Persian Gulf

An Iranian warship and speed boats take part in a naval war game in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran on April 22, 2010.

An Iranian warship and speed boats take part in a naval war game in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran on April 22, 2010.  (Reuters)

Iran says it has launched a 50-year-old destroyer on the Persian Gulf after overhauling it and rearming with modern missiles.

Since 1992, Iran has been pursuing a self-sufficiency military program, reportedly producing its own jet fighters, tanks, missiles and light submarines as well as torpedoes.

Tuesday's report by state TV quotes Rear Adm. Abbas Zamini as saying that experts had equipped the destroyer Bayandor with anti-ship missiles capable of firing 100 miles during its 20-month overhauled.

Zamini says the destroyer joined Iran's navy in 1964 and is named after a World War II war hero.