Iranian frigate Alborz

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Career (Iran)
Name: Alborz (F-72)
Namesake: Zaal
Ordered: 1960
Builder: Vickers, Barrow
Yard number: 1080[1]
Laid down: 3 March 1968[1]
Launched: 4 March 1969[1]
Commissioned: 1 March 1971[1]
Renamed: Alborz, 1985[1]
Namesake: Alborz mountain range
Homeport: Bandar-Abbas[2]
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Alvand-class frigate
Displacement: 1,100 tons (1,540 tons full load)
Length: 94.5 m (310 ft)
Beam: 11.07 m (36 ft)
Draught: 3.25 m (10.5 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 Paxman Ventura cruising diesels, 3,800 bhp, 17 knots (31 km/h)
2 Rolls Royce Olympus TM2 boost gas turbines, 46,000 shp, 39 knots (72 km/h)
Speed: 39 knots (72 km/h) max
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 125-146
Armament: 4 x C-802 anti-ship missiles
1 × 4.5 inch (114 mm) Mark 8 gun
1 x twin 35 mm AAA, 2 x single 20 mm AAA
2 × 81 mm mortars
2 × 0.50cal machine guns
1 x Limbo ASW mortar
2 x triple 12.75 in torpedo tubes

Iranian frigate Alborz (in Persian البرز), a British-made Vosper Mark V class frigate (also known as Alvand class frigate), was commissioned in 1971 as part of a four-ship order.

The ship was originally called Zaal, named after Zaal, a mythical warrior of ancient Iran (son of Sām and father of Rostam) and an important character in the Shahnameh. But after the Islamic Revolution it was renamed Alborz, after the Alborz mountain range.

On 1 June 1987 the Alborz stopped a large bulk carrier (the Vevey) and searched it for possible war material for Iraq. Although this was within the Iranian captain's right to do so under international law, this became known as the first search-and-seizure of the Iran–Iraq War.[3]

In January 2010 the ship was commissioned to the Gulf of Aden, to help protect ships from Somali Piracy.[4]


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