Iranian naval forces plan to stage a large-scale drill in the Indian Ocean to boost and put on display the country’s military prowess, a senior commander says.
The maneuver will be held this winter within the perimeters of Iran's southern territorial waters and high seas, Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani told IRNA on Saturday.
He added that the Navy's state-of-the-art equipment, including two Ghadir-class submarines that recently joined Iran's naval fleet, would take part in the drill.
The two Ghadir-class submarines, capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines, joined Iran's naval fleet on November 29.
The Ghadir-class submarines are designed to cruise within the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf to ensure peace and security of Iran's maritime borders.
Kaviani further said that various destroyers, including Sahand, would also take part in the Navy's military exercise.
Iran has launched its most advanced military vessel built by Iranian experts, capable of voyages lasting five months without resupply and having radar-evading properties .
The vessel has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.
The Sahand is the third of Mowj-class frigates built by Iran after the Jamaran and the Damavand, but its enhanced operational capabilities and size make it twice stronger in terms of offensive and defensive features.
In February 2017, Iranian naval forces held a large-scale maneuver, code-named Velayat 95, north of the Indian Ocean.
The exercises were held in an area of 2 million square kilometers, spanning the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, north of the Indian Ocean and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.
Surface and subsea vessels and naval helicopters were deployed in operational formations to carry out missions across the waters.
The drill also involved special forces stationed across the Makran coastal strip on the Sea of Oman to rehearse defending Iranian waters.
Advanced radars, sonar systems and domestically-manufactured chaff dispensing systems used to distract radar-guided missiles were also being tested in the drill.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and hardware.
Iran has also conducted major military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and state-of-the-art army equipment.
The Islamic Republic maintains that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.