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The drill, dubbed “Fajr 91,” is aimed at honing “capabilities in executing defensive and security scenarios,” Adm. Alireza Nasseri said without elaborating.

The Guards are tasked with defending Iran’s territorial waters in the Gulf.

The regular navy, meanwhile, on Friday will begin an exercise dubbed “Velayat 91,” covering an area that includes the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean, navy Adm. Habibollah Sayari said in remarks reported by the ISNA news agency.

Warships, submarines and missile defense systems will be used and tested during the exercise, Adm. Sayari said.

“We will definitely respect the maritime border of our neighbors, and conduct the maneuvers based on international law,” Adm. Sayari said. “Iran aims to demonstrate its defensive naval capabilities by conducting this exercise, and send a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports