News ID: 273994
Published: 0722 GMT September 10, 2020

Iran begins large-scale naval drills in strategic southern waters

Iran begins large-scale naval drills in strategic southern waters

Iranian Army forces have begun holding large-scale naval drills in the country’s southern waters from east of the Hormuz Strait to the northern Indian Ocean with an aim to enhance the security of regional waters and international shipping routes.

The three-day exercises, dubbed Zolfaqar-99, kicked off on Thursday under the command of the Army’s Zolfaqar base, with observers from the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base in attendance, Press TV reported.

The drills cover an area of two million square kilometers in the eastern waters of the Strait of Hormuz, Makran coast, Oman Sea and North Ocean India up to 10 degrees north.

Units of the Army’s Air and Ground Forces will contribute to the maneuvers, during which tactical offensive and defensive strategies will be drilled in line with the country’s agenda to safeguard its territorial waters and maritime access routes.

Another report coming from the naval drills area said that Army’s Air Defense has warmed all foreign “manned or unmanned" aircraft in the region to stay away from the drills area.

According to Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, spokesperson of Zolfaqar 99 military drills, Iran's Air Defense Force has warned the trans-regional drones to leave the general area of the drills.

"Since then, we have been witnessing a noticeable change in the activities of American drones," Admiral Irani added.


MNA conributed to this story.

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