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Iran wraps up major naval drill

26 April 2010 3:17

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has wrapped up a major military exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz with the launch of new missiles.

In the fourth and final day of the exercise, Nasr, Nour, Saeqeh, Fajr III and Fajr V missiles successfully hit their targets, IRNA reported Sunday.

According to the report, the naval missiles have a range of 45 km (28 miles) to 300 km (186 miles).

The IRGC began the “Great Prophet V” drills on Thursday to demonstrate the country’s defense capabilities and its determination to maintain security in the region, according to military commanders.

Deputy IRGC commander for the naval forces, Ali Fadavi, said Sunday the maneuver showed Iran was not only able to “provide security for the regional countries, but also to pose the greatest threat for the enemies.”

“We are able to threaten the US bases throughout the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” he added.

The maneuver coincides with the 31st anniversary of the establishment of the IRGC.

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