TEHRAN: Reports from Iran’s state TV said the country’s navy has begun its two-day annual drill near the Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
The two-day exercises will include Iranian Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.
The Strait has been the site of previous confrontations between the United States and Iran and is a basic waterway through which a third of all oil is traded by sea passes.
Iran has teased US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf and around the Strait of Hormuz, with the most evident case being Iran’s capture of 10 US Navy diver in January 2016 who had sailed onto Iranian waters after facing mechanical problems.
Reports emerging from the available sources say that Iran’s air force and the ground force will also engage in the exercise in the Sea of Oman and parts of the Indian ocean near the Strait.
Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari considers the drill show off Iran’s ability in protecting its territorial waters and oil transit routes.