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Iran to start final phase of naval drill Wednesday

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue 26 Jan 2016 - 10:27

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran plans to start the final phase of a large naval drill dubbed 'Velayat 94' from Wednesday, said Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

The military exercise covers eastern Strait of Hormuz, Oman Sea and northern Indian Ocean, he said.

The drill started on January 21. The phase of stationing forces has been accomplished and its tactical phase starts on Wednesday, he said.

It also includes test firing different classes of missile and naval parade, he said, adding, the military drill aims to show Iran's might in establishing security in seas.

Selected units of the Navy including submarines, destroyers, missile launchers, logistic vessels, marine brigades, electronic war, hygiene and intelligence units would be used in the exercise.

He also said some cross-regional forces have joined the drill.

Sayyari further highlighted importance of Indian Ocean and said establishing security in northern Indian Ocean is of great importance for moving of Iranian trade vessels.

He said that Iran would practice establishing security in northern part of the ocean in the drill.

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