Iran to Stage Massive Naval Drills

Iranian Navy continues its charm offensive…

Commander: Iran to Stage Massive Naval Drills in Winter

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the Navy plans to hold naval wargames codenamed ‘Velayat 3’ in Iran’s territorial and international waters in winter.

“Velayat 3 drills will be staged in winter and in the 10-degree latitude and we will cooperate with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy in these exercises,” Sayyari said in an interview with the Iranian students news agency on Monday.

He said that the Iranian Navy has also held joint naval drills with different countries, including Oman, Pakistan and China.

Sayyari underscored the Iranian Naval forces’ readiness to confront any threats, and said, “We are so capable of establishing security in the seas.”

“At present, we monitor all vessels in the region and have exact information on their sailing path and know when they enter a port and when they leave it,” he added.

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The Iranian Navy is on something of a PR push at the moment. Continued engagements with ‘pirates’ (never confirmed by third parties), several rounds of naval exercises and now the promise of more to come. Interestingly, at the same time, we’re seeing an increase in the number of reports of small, armed craft ‘buzzing’ merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman.

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