25 December 2012, 20:47

Iranian fleet is training to block the Hormuz strait

Iranian fleet is training to block the Hormuz strait

The Iranian navy will start naval exercises code-named “Velayat-91” or “Supremacy-91” in the Hormuz Strait and the north of the Indian Ocean by the end of the week, Iranian navy commander Habibollah Sayyari told reporters.

According to him, during the manoeuvres that will be conducted in line with international law advanced weapons and tactics will be used.

The exercises will start on Saturday and will continue for six days. During the exercises the Iranian Navy will test the capability of its missile systems, warships and submarines.

Iranian officials have more than once warned that the Navy will block the shipping routes through the Hormuz Strait if the West launches a military operation against Iran.

The strait is crucial for oil exports.

Interfax

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