The naval portion of the drill, which is expected to last several days, takes place east of the Strait of Hormuz and in the Sea of Oman.
Tehran, Iran – Iran’s military is conducting a large-scale air, land and sea military exercise, which comes shortly after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the United States Navy engaged in a confrontation at Sea. from Oman for a seized oil tanker.
The drill launched Sunday morning and is expected to incorporate soldiers, boats, armored vehicles, manned and unmanned aircraft, and missile and radar systems in offensive and defensive capabilities.
Abdolrahim Mousavi, commander-in-chief of Iran’s army, told state television that the exercises will be carried out in an area covering one million square kilometers (386,000 square miles) east of the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and the northern parts of the Indian Ocean.
On land, the drill will be carried out in the general area of the southeastern provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan and Hormozgan, in addition to the shores of Makran.
“Given that we are aware that the enemy is trying to collect the required information after our forces mobilized in the area, as of today we are reinforcing our efforts to monitor enemy movements that had begun days ago,” he said from the Southeastern port of Konarak.
Mousavi also detailed that on the first day of the drill, which is expected to last several days, ships and commandos will undertake an operation to break through enemy coastal defenses from the sea, while Iranian forces and missile systems and Radar will simulate defense shorelines.
State television also broadcast images of speedboats maneuvering at sea, soldiers boarding helicopter gunships and commandos parachuting out of planes to land in beach areas.
Iran’s military and IRGC have celebrated various large-scale drills in different parts of the country in recent months amid tensions with the United States, threats from Israel and disagreements with Azerbaijan’s northwestern neighbor.
US ‘caught off guard’ in tanker incident
On Sunday, Iranian military officials continued to praise the country’s military capabilities in connection with a standoff over a Vietnamese-flagged tanker that was publicized on Wednesday that the United States said. tried to seize in order to “steal” their cargo of Iranian oil. It was not clear where the tanker was heading.
Yadollah Javani, the IRGC’s political deputy, told the state broadcaster that the United States was trying to prevent Iranian oil sales and enforce the unilateral sanctions it imposed following its 2018 withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. .
“But the Americans were caught off guard because … IRGC Navy forces used helicopter operations to deploy troops on the tanker that wanted to steal Iranian oil and redirected the ship into Iranian waters from a great distance,” he said.
Earlier this week, state television aired dramatic footage from the incident, which happened on October 25, which showed Iranian soldiers boarding the ship. They were also shown warning from a US ship and helicopter, and escorting the tanker back.
The tanker, called Sothys, and its crew are now in Iranian custody and Vietnam said it has started talks to release them.
US officials have offered a contrasting account of what happened during the incident, saying that the Iranian claim that it had been trying to steal its oil was not true and that US forces were present simply to monitor the situation.
The incident was unveiled a day before the 42nd anniversary of the inauguration of the US embassy in Tehran, sparking a hostage crisis that lasted 444 days.
Iranian officials celebrated the anniversary on Thursday with anti-American and anti-Israeli messages, and IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami praised the response to the tanker incident and vowed to resist US influence in the region.
Iran announced Wednesday that talks with world powers in Vienna to restore its nuclear deal, which if successful will lift US sanctions, resume on November 29 after pausing in June to allow President Ebrahim Raisi to form his administration.