Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard – IRGC confirmed that it was organizing a training exercise in the Persian Gulf on the Strait of Hormuz as part of its annual drills to confronting possible threats from the enemies
“The exercise is our annual plan with the goal of securing international maritime security,” said Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for the Iranian military.
Although the Iranian military did not disclose the size of the drill, sources said the exercise involved more than 100 types of warships.
The exercises take place in the Strait of Hormuz, where the strategic sea lanes link the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea and are the most important oil transport routes today. Conflicts ensued as clashes between US President Donald Trump and Iran took place, leading to Iran threatening to blockade the strait.
“We are monitoring it closely, and will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban, the chief spokesman at Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East. Central Command did not update its guidance on Thursday.
A third official said the Iranian naval operations did not appear to be affecting commercial maritime activity.
US troops are continuing to closely watch Iranian developments while Islamic militants say they are deeply concerned about the activities of the US military and military personnel.
- Iran’s current activities are a response to US hostility recently
- Iran’s military operations are growing stronger than before
- The timing is unusual. These types of IRGC exercises typically happen much later in the year.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said:
“Iran threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz and they have repeatedly threatened in previous years and they have also seen the international community put their naval forces in for exercises to clear the straits”