Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:21PM
Velayat 91 technical naval drills launched. Iran is holding a technical naval drill in Oman Sea, North of Indian Ocean, and East of Strait of Hormuz, in the Persian Gulf. Officials say in these six day drills, the country will practice complex military tactics using advanced weaponry, including warships, hovercrafts, helicopters, ground to sea missiles and submarines. Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibolah Sayyari told us about the aim of these drills and its message for Iran’s enemies and friends. The aim of the Velayat 91 Drills is to show the strength of Iran’s Navy and its ability to defend the country’s territorial waters, its interests and its resources in the sea. The drills also demonstrate Iran’s ability to bring sustainable security in the region. The drills have a message of peace for the countries in the region and it conveys to its enemies that the Iranians are serious about protecting their borders, interests and resources. The top commander also stated that Iran’s Navy on the first day of the drills will send a fleet of warships to the high seas to display its power and more. On the first day of the drills, ships and submarines, will go to their locations and get ready for the tactical stage of the maneuvers. Forces in shores will also get ready for the tactical phase of the drills. In addition our 23rd fleet will be deployed to the high seas to protect commercial ships and oil tankers and to counter piracy in Gulf of Aden. 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. Iranian military officials say that Velayat 91 drills cover an area of around one million square kilometers both inside Iran’s territorial waters and the high seas. Arash Khalatbari, Press TV, Bandar Abbas, in the South of Iran.