IRGC conducts drills in Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz

April 24, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN – The large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz continued for the second consecutive day on Friday.

The three-day maneuver conducted by the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), which began on Thursday, will end today.
A military delegation from the Qatari Navy has arrived in Iran to observe “Great Prophet 5” war games.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the military drill, a Qatari military official said the maneuvers are not worrisome for Iran’s southern neighbors.
General Abdul Rahim Ibrahim Hassan Ali, the head of the Qatari military delegation, said, “We are not Iranophobic and (we) recognize the maneuvers as important for maintaining security in the region.”
He went on to say that the aim of the Qatari delegation’s visit to the scene of military drills was to gain military experience from Iran. “We welcome holding joint maneuvers with Iran, but the final decision must be made by our senior military officials.”
During the war games, a hypothetical enemy warship, which had entered Iran’s territorial waters, was targeted, seized and destroyed.
------ Radar-evading, high-speed ‘Ya Mahdi’ vessel tested
Moreover, the IRGC successfully tested a new speed boat capable of destroying enemy ships as well as its “smart and unique” Ya Mahdi vessel, stated an IRGC commander, Ali Reza Tangsiri, on Thursday.
The radar-evading, high-speed Ya Mahdi vessel is able to track and target the enemy’s surface vessels and destroy them.
Tangsiri added that Ya Mahdi is a remote-controlled vessel whose missiles could blow 7-meter holes in any enemy ship.
Tangsiri also noted that all weapons and military equipment, being used in the maneuvers, were manufactured by the engineering body of the IRGC.
He went on to say that “the primary aim of the drill is to ensure security of the strategic Strait of Hormuz and to keep it permanently open.”
Tangsriri also told Press TV on Friday that, “Today, our divers carried out special exercises with mines.""
“We are to enter the two-day tactical phase, which involves interception drills with light rocket-launchers, missile-launchers and vessels capable of launching torpedoes,” the commander added.
Meanwhile, Iran’s National Supreme Security Council Secretary, Saeed Jalili, said the maneuvers send “the message of security, peace and friendship” to Iran’s neighbors.
In addition, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee chairman, said the message of the war games is that security should be maintained by regional Islamic and Arab states.