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Iran permanent defender of Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf: Commander

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bandar Abbas, Feb 25, IRNA -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Wednesday that Iran is the perpetual defender of the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

Commander Jafari made the remarks on the sidelines of the 9th massive military exercise, codenamed 'Payambar-e Azam' (The Great Prophet ) currently underway in the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran.

The drill contains the message of deterrence, he said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran 'has always been defending the Strait of Hormuz and will prove it to the world today by this wargames.'

Commander Jafari reiterated that the objective of all military drills which had been held and will be held in the region are 'to safeguard security of the Persian Gulf.'

Several units of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) began the Great Prophet wargames in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday morning.

The drill is launched in Larak Island with mine operations of IRGC speedboats and also firing four coast-to-sea missiles in the strategic Persian Gulf region and the Strait of Hormuz.

Some 20 coast-to-sea ballistic missiles are to be test fired in the first day of the military exercise during which various units of IRGC navy are to display their latest and advanced equipment to defend national interests along water borders of the country.

The drill also feature other military equipment, including speedboats equipped with naval radars, electronic communications systems, cruise missiles with a range of 25 kilometers, anti-ship medium-range missiles, medium- and large-caliber torpedoes, sea mines, heavy machine guns, rocket-launchers and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.

Iran will also fire coast-to-sea and ground-to-ground ballistic missiles during the military excersice.

Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

Iran has repeatedly said that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence and poses no threat against other countries.


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