A senior Iranian commander says the naval forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are closely monitoring all the movements of foreign forces in the international waters south of the country.
“The IRGC Navy enjoys full command over all maritime borders; and today we are at the highest level of readiness and might,” Deputy Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear-Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said on Monday.
The IRGC Navy recently conducted military exercises in the waters of the Persian Gulf near the port city of Bandar Abbas, as part of their tactical training for modern warfare.
The exercises were conducted to boost the combat preparedness of IRGC forces, familiarize them with the latest military achievements, increase their response time and ensure well-timed responses to natural and manmade disasters.
Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defensive capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
To display Iran’s capabilities in defending its maritime borders, the Iranian Navy launched a six-day naval drill codenamed Velayat 91 on December 28 in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Oman and the northern parts of the Indian Ocean.