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Iran launches naval drill in Persian Gulf

Updated: 2012-12-26 10:50
( Xinhua)

TEHRAN - Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) forces launched a naval military exercise in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, Press TV reported.

The drills, code-named Fajr-91 (Dawn-91) and planned to last four days, are conducted in the area of South Pars Gas field in the Persian Gulf, said the report. South Pars Gas field is part of the world's largest gas field shared between Iran and Qatar.

The naval exercises include simulation of various situations involving land, land-to-sea and commando missions.

An IRGC commander was quoted as saying on Tuesday that the maneuver aims at evaluating the defense capabilities of the troops stationed in the region against potential threats.

Admiral Alireza Nasseri added that the drills also focus on psychological warfare and countering techniques commonly employed by the enemies, according to the report.

On Tuesday, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iranian army will also start a six-day naval drill in the country's southern waters on Friday.