Tehran stepping up its presence along international shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz
Iranian navy frigate IS Alvand passing through Egypt’s Suez Canal in February 2011 (photo credit: AP file photo)
The Iranian navy is to begin a week of maneuvers by the end of December that will include the testing of new weapons, combat simulations and electronic warfare, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.
Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying that the war games, dubbedVeleyat-91, would also involve Iranian-produced drones, submarines, two new hovercraft and destroyers.
According to the regime-sanctioned Press TV, the Iranian navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to defend naval routes and provide security for Iranian tankers and merchant ships.
“War games are aimed at enhancing preparedness and testing new weapons and exercising modern tactics. Since Iran is the most important security provider in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran embarks on conducting these war games in a bid to boost preparedness to better ensure security,” Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying.