Iran ISOICO Shipyard Imagery Update
The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In August, the Kharg (431) replenishment ship, which has been berthed at the shipyard since last November, was moved to the yard’s floating dry dock. Imagery suggests that the ship may be undergoing more extensive maintenance. Prior to the vessel’s arrival, it had been home ported at Bandar Abbas where monthly imagery suggests it has remained since late 2013 despite news stories to the contrary. The Kharg is operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and is the largest Iranian military vessel by tonnage.
The Ghadir submarine are reportedly operated by both the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. The majority of the coastal submarines are based out of Bandar Abbas where no more than 10 have been consistently observed.