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18:22 | 2013-01-09


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Commander: Iran's Naval Capabilities Displayed in Velayat 91 Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian navy commander said Iran's recent wargames in the Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman displayed the "great and remarkable" achievements the Navy has recently gained in different fields.

"The wargames showed that our capabilities have been promoted in various areas, including intelligence supremacy in the region, reaction to all types of threats and promotion of subsurface missile power," Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting here in Tehran today.

He added that the Navy was able to achieve "all of its goals" in Velayat 91 drills.

The commander at the same time reiterated that Iran's defensive power is not a threat but has a message of peace and friendship to the regional nations.

On January 2, the Iranian Navy finished 6 days of massive naval exercises, codenamed Velayat 91, in the country's Southern waters.

Speaking to FNA at the time, Spokesman of the Wargames Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari said the Iranian naval forces successfully achieved their planned objectives during the wargames.

'The Great Naval Wargames of Velayat 91' which 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.

During the exercises, the Navy test-fired various types of 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 also tested by Iranian troops and vessels. Iranian submarines also launched smart torpedoes during the drills.