An Iranian naval commander says the country’s scuba divers have successfully detected and defused naval mines on the seventh day of the Velayat 90 drills.
“The scuba divers of [Iran’s naval] forces annihilated the shore facilities and killed the divers of the mock enemy,” Alireza Majd, head of Iran’s Navy diving unit, said on Friday.
He added the Iranian scuba divers, who are all domestically trained, are capable of performing various martial and back-up operations as deep as 200 meters below water.
Iran’s Navy launched the massive naval exercises on December 24, which covers an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.
Different classes of submarines, including Tareq and Qadir, the newest ground-to-sea missile systems and torpedoes have been employed in the maneuvers.
Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.
The country has repeatedly made clear that its military might is merely based on the nation’s defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.