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27 December 2011 - 23:18

The spokesman for the Iranian Navy's Velayat 90 drill says the Islamic Republic's naval forces have been monitoring the activities of trans-regional forces on a daily basis.

Iranian Navy's Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said on Tuesday that Iran's naval forces monitor all the “covert and overt measures taken by and the activities of trans-regional forces” on the Islamic Republic's borders.

“The data collected [through monitoring] is analyzed and processed and [then] sent to the participants in the drill so that they could have a better image of the operation,” said Mousavi.

Mousavi stressed that any attempts by trans-regional forces to endanger vessel units or violate the country's sovereignty will be met with a decisive response.

On Saturday, December 24, Iran's Navy launched a massive 10-day Velayat 90 naval exercise, covering an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Different classes of submarines, including Tareq and Qadir, the newest ground-to-sea missile systems and torpedoes have been employed in the maneuvers.

Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The country has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.


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