Iran announces another navy drill in key Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s navy said it will hold an annual drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz as pressure mounts on the country months after the United States (US) re-imposed sanctions on Iran, targetting its vital oil sector.

The strait is located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is crucial to global energy supplies, with about a third of all oil traded at sea passing through it.

Iranian Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told state TV yesterday the three-day manoeuvres will start today and extend as far as the Sea of Oman and the fringes of the Indian Ocean.

He said submarines, warships, helicopters and surveillance planes will participate in the drill, dubbed “Velayat-97.”

The exercise will include missile launches from the vessels.

Iran regularly holds manoeuvres in the strait.