By REZA KAHLILI
December 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to MehrNews, the mouthpiece of the Islamic regime in Iran, an Iranian naval commander announced that the Navy will test fire its advanced missiles and torpedoes during the 10-day naval war games, entitled Velayat-90, which started on Saturday.
"During the next days of the war games, Navy's advanced long-range, medium-range, and short-range missiles and smart torpedoes will be test-fired," Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told the Fars News Agency on Wednesday.
The preliminary stage of the war games ended on Monday, and Iranian warships, submarines, and other naval vessels spread out across the theaters of operations, which cover a wide area from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden. During the tactical stage of the war games, which started on Tuesday, naval forces are supposed to practice various military tactics.
The war games are said to differ from previous ones in terms of the vastness of the area of action and the military equipment and tactics that are being employed.
The submarines of the Ghadir class and other classes, warships, missile-firing destroyers, coast-to-sea missile systems, drones, and electronic warfare equipment are being tested during the exercises.
Air Force fighters cover naval vessels
On Wednesday, during a special operation, which was carried out in one of the theaters of operation, Air Force fighter jets overflew the area and covered the naval warships and submarines that were engaged in the war games.
In another operation, naval helicopters detonated floating mines and cleared the way for naval vessels.
As reported back in July, The Iranian navy has been busy expanding its operation on the orders of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has emphasized the navy's strategic importance in protecting the Islamic republic's interests and confronting its enemies.
In February, for the first time in three decades, two Iranian naval vessels passed through the Suez Canal en route to Syria. Iran's navy then successfully expanded its mission in the Indian Ocean, and its submarines completed a two-month-long mission in the Red Sea.
In an alarming July 18 statement, Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said the Iranian navy plans on deploying warships in the Atlantic Ocean as part of a program to ply international waters, although he did not say where in the Atlantic the ships would be sent. Two days later, Rear Adm. Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi revealed for the first time that the Iranian navy has equipped a number of its logistic vessels and units with long-range surface-to-surface missiles. He stated, "Missile frigates and destroyers have been equipped with these missiles since a long time ago, and the surface-to-surface missiles of the logistic vessels were successfully tested and assessed during the recent naval war games, dubbed as Joushan."
©2011 Reza Kahlili. All rights reserved.