Moudge-class frigate

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Iranian frigate Jamaran
Class overview
Name: Moudge class
Builders: Iran
Operators:  Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
Preceded by: Alvand class
Planned: 7
Building: 4
Completed: 3
Active: 2
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 1,500 tonnes [1]
Length: 95 m (311.7 ft) [1]
Beam: 11.1 m (36.4 ft) [1]
Draught: 3.25 m (10.7 ft) [1]
  • 2 × 10,000 hp (7,500 kW) engines
  • 4 × 740 hp (550 kW) diesel generators[2]
Speed: 30 knots (55.6 km/h) [2]
Complement: 140
  • 4 × Noor or Qader anti-ship missiles
  • 1 × 76 mm Fajr-27 naval gun
  • 1 × 40 mm Fath-40 AAA
  • 2 × 20 mm cannons Oerlikon
  • 4 × Mehrab Missiles reverse engineering of SM-1 SAM or Raad Missiles
  • 2 × triple 324 mm torpedoes
  • 2 × 12.7 mm heavy machine guns
Aircraft carried: 1 x Bell 214 ASW helicopter
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing pad

The Moudge-class frigate (Persian: ناوشکن کلاس موج) also spelled Moje class (meaning Wave),[3] 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.

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.[4] According to OSGEOINT, Damavand was constructed at the Shahid Tamjidi Marine Industries (STMI) fabrication shop on the Caspian Sea at Bandar-e Anzali.[5] The frigate was launched in March 2013.[6]

The "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 are currently 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; however recent photos show that the ship's hull has broken apart from near the waterline approximately at the near the start of the ships aircraft deck. Due to this damage, it is unlikely the ship will return to active service in the near future, and may be scrapped as a result due to feasibility along with costs. This will possibly result in the ship being struck from the active commission list of Moudge class frigates. [7][8]

Future units of the Moudge class are set to be equipped with the Sayyad-2[9] anti-aircraft missiles.[10]

Ships in the class[edit]

Ship Pennant Number Port Launched Status
Jamaran 76 Bandar Abbas 2010 In service.
Damavand[11] 77 Bandar Anzali 2013 Heavily damaged, under re-construction.[12]
Dena ? Khoramshahr ? Under Completion.[13]
Moudge 4 ? Bandar Abbas ? Under Construction.
Sahand 74 Bandar Abbas 2012 In service.[14]
Moudge 6 ? ? ? Under Construction.
Moudge 7 ? ? ? Under Construction.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jamaran frigate". Defense Industries Organization. Archived from the original on July 17, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Moudge frigate". Defense Industries Organization. Archived from the original on July 17, 2007.
  3. ^ "Iran to launch home made destroyers". Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Network. 2 October 2002. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  4. ^ "Destroyer production line inaugurated in Iran (Wave II)". Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). 23 February 2007. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012.
  5. ^ "The Second Moje Class Frigate at Shahid Tamjidi Marine Industries". OSGEOINT. 26 January 2012. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ "Iran launches indigenous Jamaran 2 destroyer in Caspian Sea". PressTV. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
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  9. ^ "Iran launches mass production of new surface-to-air missiles". 9 November 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Iran Mulling Change in Sayyad Missiles to Mount It on Mowj-Class Vessels". Fars News Agency. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  11. ^ ناوشكن ولايت به ناوگان ارتش ايران مي‌پيوندد. Fars News Agency (in Persian). Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  12. ^ Fars News Agency Retrieved 23 June 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Fars News Agency Retrieved 23 June 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  15. ^ ونمایی از زیردریایی فاتح در سال جار/ ناوشکن‌های کلاس جماران در راهند. Fars News Agency (in Persian). Retrieved 28 June 2015.

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