Just two days after finishing up its 10 day naval drills, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced they will hold new military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz.The Associated Press reports the Guard’s naval commander Admiral Ali Fadavi says the seventh annual drill will be called “The Great Prophet” and be “different” from the previous exercises (via USA Today).
Scheduled for the month of Bahman, around February, the announcement comes on the heels of new oil sanctions against Iran.
Last month Tehran took a stand against the proposed sanctions, claiming that if they were passed Tehran would shut down the Strait of Hormuz and choke the world’s oil supply from the Persian Gulf.
Fadavi tells PressTV that the Iranian Navy is “in full control of the Strait of Hormuz and monitors all moves in the area.”
In RiaNovosti the admiral is quoted as saying the upcoming Naval exercise will be “its greatest naval war games.”
The new drills may occur as the U.S. and Israel prepare for their largest ever joint missile defence drill. Conflicting reports have come out saying both that the drills will be held in early spring and in a few weeks.
Iran announced yesterday it believes the drills will be launched in January, and finds them to be the precursors for war.
The Iranian Navy, the smallest branch of the country’s military, is traditionally tasked with protecting Iran’s coastline and ports; but last week’s naval exercises seemed to illustrate that the Navy may be taking a more aggressive stance in the Gulf following the most recent round of sanctions imposed by the U.S.
Tehran’s Navy is made up largely of domestically produced vessels with ships from North Korea, China, and Russia thrown in as well.
Its three largest destroyers are more than 50 years old and have been in service since Iran rebuilt its Navy following Word War II.
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