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News number: 9107132417

13:30 | 2013-01-02

Defence

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Iranian Navy Starts Final Phase of Velayat 91 Naval Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Navy on Wednesday started the final day of its massive 6-phased exercises in the country's Southern waters by redeploying vessels to their previous positions.



"The redeployment operation includes returning different classes of sub-surface units, warships, destroyers, choppers and aircraft which had participated in the Velayat 91 wargames," Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Wednesday.

"Also in the operation, the Navy's Special Forces and marines will return to their previous positions where they were before the start of wargames," Sayyari said, adding that other naval units will continue their missions in their specified zones.

The 23rd fleet of the Navy, comprised of Bushehr warship and Jamaran destroyer, which were part of the wargames in the far seas will continue escorting Iran's trade vessels and oil tankers as part of the navy's mission to fight piracy.

The wargames, codenamed 'The Great Naval Wargames of Velayat 91', covered around one million square kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz to the waters up to the 18-degree latitude.

The naval drills were carried out in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.

Navy conducted test-firing long-range missiles from coasts and navy vessels.

Different types of short and long-range coast-to-sea, surface-to-surface, surface-to-air missiles were tested by Iranian vessels. Iranian submarines also launched smart torpedoes.