navy to start war games on Saturday in Strait of Hormuz
Earnest December 22, 2011
Media TEHRAN— Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at a press
conference on Thursday that the naval maneuvers dubbed Velay at 90 will
start on Saturday and will cover an area stretching from the east of the
Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.
According to Sayyari, this is the first time that Iran's Navy carries out naval drills in such a vast area.
He added the 10-day war games will manifest Iran's military prowess and
defense capabilities in the international waters, convey a message of
peace and friendship to regional countries, and test the newest military
equipment among other objectives of the drills.
Rear Admiral Sayyari said that the newest missile systems and
torpedoes will be employed in the maneuvers, adding that the most recent
tactics used in subsurface battles will also be demonstrated in the
He also said that Iranian destroyers, missile-launching vessels,
logistic vessels, drones and coastal missiles will also be tested. Iran stages several air, land and sea wargames each year to test its newly produced weapons and equipments.
In the last naval drills staged by the Iranian Army, in May 2010 a
six-staged naval maneuver was held, codenamed Vellay at 89, in the Strait
of Hormuz and Northern Indian Ocean. No decision has been made about closing
the Strait of Hormuz.