Iran defies Trump holds naval war games as tensions with U.S. escalate


TRUMP IRAN FLAGIran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran “on notice”.

Since taking office last month, Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table.

Iran’s annual exercises will be held in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, the Bab el-Mandab and northern parts of the Indian Ocean, to train in the fight against terrorism and piracy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to state media.

Millions of barrels of oil are transported daily to Europe, the United States and Asia through the Bab el-Mandab and the Strait of Hormuz, waterways that run along the coasts of Yemen and Iran.

Navy ships, submarines and helicopters will take part in the drills across an area of about 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) and marines will showcase their skills along Iran’s southeastern coast, the state news agency IRNA said.

The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in the region and protects shipping lanes in the Gulf and nearby waters.

Last month, a U.S. Navy destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed. The vessels belonged to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards which are not participating in the current war games.

Trump said earlier this month that “Iran has been put formally put on notice” for firing a ballistic missile, and later imposed new sanctions on Tehran.




3 responses to “Iran defies Trump holds naval war games as tensions with U.S. escalate”

  1. As long as they do not interfere with shipping in international waters. It would be a good time for a carrier group to sail through the straight and see if Iran’s little speed boats attempt another swarming. The unprofessional actions and maneuvers of the Iranian navy knows no bounds.

  2. (GoogleTranslate) During the exercise, the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran “Velayat
    95”, which is being tested new versions of missile systems “Nasr” and
    “Dehlaviye” were held in the northern Indian Ocean waters.
    “The tests cruise missile” Nasr “were held in the southern part of our
    territorial waters they became successful -. The missile hit the
    target,” – said the Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehkan.
    The first reports of a rocket are by 2008. “Nasr” can be launched from offshore, onshore and airborne platforms
    and designed to destroy ships with a displacement of up to 1,500 tons.
    – modification of the Iranian anti-Russian complex “Cornet”. It was put
    into service in 2012. It is reported that one of its main objectives –
    to help fight the Iranian satellites Israeli armored vehicles

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