Iran to Stage Naval Drill Near Strategic Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detained American Navy sailors' boats in custody of the guards in the Persian Gulf Iran. Less than a day after 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely Wednesday with the American fleet. (Sepahnews via AP)
This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Jan. 13, shows detained American Navy sailors’ boats in custody of the guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. (Sepahnews via AP)

Iran says it will hold a “massive” naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the first such demonstration of its naval prowess since the incident involving 10 U.S. sailors who were briefly captured by Iran when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters earlier this month.

The official IRNA news agency says the drill will begin on Wednesday and encompass an area from the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz, through which one fifth of the world’s oil supply passes, to the Sea of Oman and also stretch into the Indian Ocean.

The agency quotes Iranian navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, as saying that “many types of missiles and torpedoes will be launched during the maneuver.”

Sayyari did not elaborate on the length of the drill.