Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Iran navy begins eight-day wargames in Gulf

TEHRAN - Iran’s navy launched an eight-day drill on Wednesday in the Gulf, media reports said, just less than two weeks after similar wargames were held by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

The naval exercises are being held in the Gulf, Sea of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean covering an area of 250,000 square kilometres (around 97,000 square miles).
Iranian media said the country’s newly deployed and domestically-made warship, Jamaran, was also taking part in the naval exercise.
Iran says the vessel has a displacement of around 1,400 tonnes and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities.
In the past year the Iranian navy has carried out a number of missions in the Gulf and offshore Somalia where it was commissioned to escort Iranian merchant ships and oil tankers.
Iran’s armed forces regularly conduct such drills which boast of their military abilities and often test-fire what they say are home-built missiles during these exercises.
Late last month the Guards held wargames in the Gulf and the key oil route of Strait of Hormuz.

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