'Peaceful & Moderate' Iran stages large naval drill near Strait of Hormuz, orders foreign forces to leave strategic sea lane. (INN).
Iran was planning to hold a “massive” naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz Wednesday, the first such exercise since an incident involving 10 US sailors who were briefly captured by Iran when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters earlier this month.
The official IRNA news agency said the drill will encompass an area from the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz, through which one fifth of the world oil supply passes, to the Sea of Oman and also stretch into the Indian Ocean.
The agency quoted Iranian navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, as saying that “many types of missiles and torpedoes will be launched during the maneuver.”
He added that submarines, destroyers and missile launchers would be used during the exercise.
“The maneuver has been underway since January 21 and the forces have been deployed to their positions,” Sayyari was quoted by state-run Press TV as saying. “In this war game, we will exercise how to maintain security in the northern part of the Indian Ocean.”