Two Iranian naval ships IRIS Naghdi and IRIS Bandar Abbas, arrived at the Port of Colombo on 09th February 2015 as part of the overseas tour for the Naval University cadets of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in keeping with naval traditions on their arrival.
The Officer in tactical command Captain Mohammad Reza and Commanding Officers of the ships belonging to the Iranian Naval Force paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.
IRIS Naghdi is a corvette commanded by Commander Mehrab Tamaddon. It is 82 meters in length and has a displacement of 1,135 tons. IRIS Bandar Abbas is a training ship commanded by Commander Mohsen Razzaqi. It is 108 meters in length and has a displacement of 4,673 tons.
The visiting Iranian naval ships will stay in Sri Lanka until 12th February 2015 and the crews are scheduled to participate in a series of programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy to enhance the friendly relations between the two navies during their stay in Sri Lanka.