TEHRAN (Basirat):The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force launched the main phase of a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf on Saturday.
The main phase of the offensive war game, codenamed "Payambar-e Azam-12 (The
Great Prophet)”, kicked off near the Qeshm island, the largest one in the
During the drill, the IRGC Ground Force divers exercised tactics to conquer the
enemy’s coastal territories and paved the way for the commandos and the IRGC
Ground Force Special Forces to take action.
Afterwards, the armored units disembarked the naval vessels to open fire on the
targets, while the Ground Force artillery and choppers of the IRGC Ground
Force’s airborne unit covered the strike troops.
Officials say anti-helicopter mines have been used in the exercise for the first
The final phase of the war game is attended by top commanders, including IRGC
Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari.
In remarks in 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the
purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the US claim of seeking
security in the region.
On Friday, the US Navy deployed its John C. Stennis aircraft carrier to the