IRGC drills aim to ensure Persian Gulf security against enemy threats: Cmdr.
ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency
Wed 25 Feb 2015 - 15:07
TEHRAN (ISNA)- The ongoing massive drills in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf are aimed at ensuring security in the region against enemy threats, said a senior Iranian commander.
"The message of these maneuvers is deterrence, so that outsiders will take care not to act against the Islamic Republic's security," said commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Ja'fari on Wednesday.
"We consider ourselves the guardians of security in the Strait of Hormuz and have shown this to the world in this war game (that started) today," the top commander added.
On Wednesday morning, IRGC launched major military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the south of the country.
The maneuvers code-named the Great Prophet 9 kicked off with maritime mine operations by speedboats as well as the firing of coast-to-sea missiles.
Ja'fari added that the Sea of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf region are fully controlled by the IRGC Navy.
He said that the exercises, which are being carried out jointly by the IRGC Navy and Aerospace Division, feature drills against enemy vessels, stressing the IRGC has so far achieved all stated objectives of the war game.
Iran seeks to guarantee security for vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, Ja'fari said, adding that the maneuvers send a message of Iran's military prowess as well as peace and security to regional countries as well as Iran's allies.
Iran has conducted several war games to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence, Press TV reported.
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