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Iranian naval forces began a massive three-day exercise on Friday, codenamed “Velayat 97,” in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The simulation takes place in an area of two million square kilometers, from the Strait of Hormuz to the south-eastern coasts of Makran, the Sea of Oman and the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, up to 10 degrees of latitude.
The war game is composed of four separate phases, which include naval parades, simulation of a real naval war, maritime and land offensive to practice the recovery of territories occupied by the enemy, and the exhibition of the power of the Navy by launching of various types of missiles and torpedoes. The commander of the navy read Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Thursday
For the first time, the Iranian navy will fly patrol, reconnaissance and bomber drones during the simulation, he added. The submarines will launch missiles in the drill for the first time, and the antisubmarine helicopters will also land and take off from the deck of the destroyer Sahand, the Tasnim news agency reported.
The tactics of electronic warfare and electronic data transmission from the coast are among other parts of the exercise, he said.
The simulation comes a couple of months after the IRGC forces, including an IRGC Navy brigade, held the country’s first offensive war game, called Great Prophet 12, near Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf.
Earlier this month, the deputy commander of the Iranian Navy had declared that the forces would hold two weeks of simulations in the Indian Ocean at the end of February.
“In these exercises, we will show the power of the Islamic Republic in the region with the aim of establishing security,” he said.
Source: ES News-Front