Iran tells departed U.S. carrier not to return
U.S. aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises should not return to the Gulf, Iran's army chief Ataollah Salehi said, Reuters reported.
"Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasise to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," Ataollah Salehi told IRNA.
The U.S. aircraft carrier was spotted inside the zone by Iran's reconnaisance plane, which recorded video and took photos of the warship.
On Dec. 22, it was reported that the Naval war games would be staged in a large area from the east side of the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman to the northern Indian Ocean, adding that in terms of intelligence, the maneuvers would cover a vast area stretching from the northern Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Aden.
The naval maneuvers are set to display the prowess of Iran's armed forces as well as the Navy's defensive and deterrent power and its capability to provide security for vessels sailing on the open seas.
Edited by: S. Isayev