The first frigate to operate in the Caspian Sea is currently undergoing tests and will become operational in the next six months, Iranian media organisations have reported.

The announcement was made by Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN), during a visit to the Fourth Naval Zone based at Bandar Anzali on the Caspian.

Officially launched in March 2013, the ship is the second Jamaran-class vessel that Iran has built domestically using the 1,400-tonne Alvand-class light frigates it acquired in the 1960s as a template. […]