The Modge-class frigate (Persian: ناوشکن کلاس موج) also spelled Moje class (meaning Wave), is a class of domestically produced Iranian light frigates. It appears[according to whom?] to be a development of the Alvand-class design. They are described as destroyers by the Iranian state media but the size and weight of the ships; 1,500 ton displacement, are more in keeping with that of modern corvettes. The ships are also referred to as destroyer escorts.
Iranian frigate Jamaran
|Operators:||Islamic Republic of Iran Navy|
|Preceded by:||Alvand class|
|Displacement:||1,500 tonnes |
|Length:||95 m (311.7 ft) |
|Beam:||11.1 m (36.4 ft) |
|Draught:||3.25 m (10.7 ft) |
|Speed:||30 knots (55.6 km/h) |
|Aircraft carried:||1 x Bell 214 ASW helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing pad|
The first ship, Jamaran is said to be completed and is stationed in the port of Bandar Abbas. Damavand is the second ship in this class. According to OSGEOINT, Damavand was constructed at the Shahid Tamjidi Marine Industries (STMI) fabrication shop on the Caspian Sea at Bandar-e Anzali. The frigate was launched in March 2013.
Damavand, based out of Bandar-Anzali on the Caspian Sea, ran aground on a concrete breakwater in the vicinity of its home port on 10 January 2018. It is believed probable that the incident was the result of navigational error, affected by a strong storm in the area which creating high wave heights and low visibility in the area. During the incident six members of the ship's crew fell overboard. Four of those crew members were later rescued, two were considered missing by media sources. The Iranian Navy declined to confirm the reporting. There has been little information released in reference to the cause of the grounding, with exception to statements of wave height and visibility caused by the storm at the time of the grounding.
Damavand is currently listed as actively commissioned. Photos from 2018 show that the ship's hull has broken apart from near the waterline approximately at the near the start of the ships aircraft deck.
Ships in the classEdit
|Jamaran||76||Bandar Abbas||2010||In service|
|Damavand||77||Bandar Anzali||2013||Heavily damaged, under re-construction.|
|Shiraz||?||Bandar Abbas||?||Under construction|
|Sahand||74||Bandar Abbas||2012||In service|
|Modge 7||?||?||?||Under construction|
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