Iran Army to stage massive military drills along Makran coast: Commander

Iran’s Army says is planning to hold large-scale joint military exercises in a vast area along the Makran coastal strip, including the shores of the Sea of Oman, in the country’s southern and southeastern regions, a senior commander says.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Iran’s deputy army commander for coordination, Habibollah Sayyari, said the two-day maneuvers, code-named Muhammad Rasoulallah (Muhammad, the Messenger of God), would start on Monday.

He added that the Army’s naval, ground and air forces as well as Air Defense units would participate in the drills.

The maneuvers are aimed at enhancing the preparedness and morale of the Iranian Army’s personnel; evaluating training tactics, fire power and coordination among Army forces; devising plans to stage joint exercises at any time as well as improving the defense capabilities of the Iranian Army, the commander emphasized.

Sayyari said the exercises would show the high defense capabilities of the Iranian Armed Forces to carry out missions aimed at conveying the Islamic Republic’s message of peace and friendship to regional countries.

The Islamic Republic is capable of maintaining full security of its waters; monitoring all marine traffic, especially security of energy transit routes; and establishing sustainable security in the region, he added.

In December, the Iranian Army held large-scale military drills, code-named Muhammad Rasoulallah, in the strategic southeastern parts of the country, covering an area of 220,000 square kilometers, in an effort to enhance the combat readiness of its Ground Forces.