Navy Practice Protecting Territorial Waters

Navy Practice Protecting Territorial WatersNavy Practice Protecting Territorial Waters

The main stage of a massive exercise by the Iranian Navy kicked off on Wednesday morning in the country’s southeastern waters, stretching over an area from the east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the northern parts of the Indian Ocean. Code-named “Velayat 94”, the naval drills cover an area of around 3 million square kilometers, down to the 10-degrees latitude, north of the Indian Ocean. Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari ordered the start of the exercise from a base in the southeastern city of Konarak. On the first day of the drill, various speedboats and Tareq-class submarine as well as airborne units were stationed in the zone as part of exercises to prevent the hypothetical enemy from entering the country’s territorial waters. The other naval units and weapons deployed in the drill zone include coast-to-sea missile launchers, marine brigades, tactical vehicles, rocket launchers, coast-based artillery, tactical sites for electronic data processing, mobile and tactical electronic warfare systems and airborne units. During the first day of the drill, the navy’s combat engineering units carried out civil defense operations as part of exercises to protect the critical regions alongside the coasts of Makran and at the Strait of Hormuz.