IRGC holds ma­neu­ver in Per­sian Gulf

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TEHRAN — The Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion Guards Corps Navy held a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in the Per­sian Gulf on Mon­day with the aim of dis­play­ing Iran’s pre­pared­ness to de­fend mar­itime bor­ders.

Ad­mi­ral Man­sour Ra­vankar, an IRGC navy com­man­der, told re­porters that 110 rocket-launch­ing speed­boats, long-, mid- and short-range mis­sile launch­ers, min­ing ves­sels as well as re­con­nais­sance, de­fen­sive and lo­gis­tic ves­sels were in­volved in the ma­neu­ver.

In re­cent years, Iran’s naval forces have in­creased their pres­ence in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters to pro­tect naval routes and pro­vide se­cu­rity for mer­chant ves­sels and tankers. They have also con­ducted ma­jor drills to en­hance their de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Iran has re­peat­edly warned that any act of trans­gres­sion into the coun­try’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters would be met with an im­me­di­ate and be­fit­ting re­sponse.

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