Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
The naval forces of the Iranian army have staged large-scale military war games cod-named “Velayat-e 95” in the north of the Indian Ocean, Oman Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb.
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has attended the drills aimed at displaying the country’s military power, IRNA news agency reported.
Last January the country’s navy launched Velayat 94 drills across a large swath of territorial waters and high seas in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Indian Ocean.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden and the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait to safeguard maritime routes used by the country's vessels and oil tankers.
Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks by pirates on both Iranian and foreign vessels during its missions in international waters.