Fox News on December 25, 2012, published an AP report on Iran planning naval maneuvers in international waters near strategic Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of world oil supply passes the official IRNA news agency said. Excerpts below:
The report quoted Iran’s navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, as saying the maneuvers will begin Friday from the Strait of Hormuz to the northern part of Indian Ocean in an area of about 400,000 square miles.
Iran in the past threatened to close the strait over Western sanctions aimed at its suspect nuclear program but has not repeated the threat lately.
Iran will test-fire missiles and deploy vessels and submarines during the six-day war games.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported that navy of the powerful Revolutionary Guards began a limited naval drill Tuesday in central part of the Persian Gulf.
It said the four-day maneuver is meant to test and assess its forces and includes missile firing, the report said.