Commander: Iranian Navy to stage several specialized drills soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his forces will hold several specialized wargames in the next 30 days.

“Several specialized drills, including missile, air and sea, submarine and special operations exercises, will be staged in the month of Azar (November 22-December 21); the massive Velayat wargames will also be held in winter,” Sayyari told reporters in Tehran on Sunday on the threshold of the Navy Day in Iran (November 28).

He also said that several vessel and airborne units, including transport aircraft and helicopters and ‘Tonb’ warship, will join the Navy in coming days.

Sayyari referred to Iran’s presence in the international waters, and said despite certain countries’ efforts to prevent such deployment, the Navy will continue its presence in free waters, specially the Gulf of Aden.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi also announced that his forces will hold massive wargames in the next two months.

“The IRGC Navy will hold massive drills before the end of autumn (will end December 21),” Rear Admiral Fadavi told reporters.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.

Velayat wargames are the annual exercises conducted by the Iranian Army’s naval forces each year. Last year, the drills were conducted late December and were codenamed Velayat 93.

Different units, including surface, subsurface, air and airborne units, participated in the drills.

By Fars News Agency