“Among the aims of the drill is to display the capabilities of Iran’s Armed Forces and the Navy to defend our country’s water borders and interests in line with establishing durable security in the region and conveying the message of peace and friendship to the neighboring states,” the country’s naval commander Habibollah Sayyari was quoted by a local TV channel.
The drills are being staged across an area of about 1 million square kilometers in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman and northern parts of the Indian Ocean, local media have reported.
In recent years, Iran declared it had made great achievements in the defense sector. This September, Iran's navy announced the launch of the overhauled super-heavy Tareq 901 submarine.
Voice of Russia, RT