TEHRAN, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Saturday launched two 800-ton landing craft vessels in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, official news agency IRNA reported.
The two vessels are identical, with a length of 53 meters, a width of 14.5 meters and a draft of 2.25 meters, Esmaeil Makkizadeh, the deputy for maritime affairs of the southern Iranian Hormuzgan Province Port and Maritime Authority, was quoted as saying by IRNA.
He added each vessel has two 830-horsepower engines and is capable of navigating at a speed of 10 knots.
Makkizadeh noted that four other landing craft ships, with different sizes, are being built by private companies in Bandar Abbas. ■