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Iran wraps up naval drill, terms it "successful"

(Xinhua)

10:10, January 04, 2012

TEHRAN, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran wrapped up its 10-day navy drill in its southern waters on Tuesday while the Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari described it as " successful."

On Tuesday, Iran ended its naval drill in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, which began on Dec. 24 amid increased tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

The naval forces "successfully" conducted the war games, Sayyari said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

The war games were staged to demonstrate the combat readiness and ability of Iran's naval forces to defend the country's territorial waters, he said, adding that Iran's Navy plans to broaden the scope of military drills next year.

The Iranian forces should enhance its combat readiness by acquiring sophisticated and modern weapons and equipment and augment their technological know-how, he was quoted as saying.

On Monday, Iran test-fired long- and short-range missiles during its military drill in the Strait of Hormuz. The home-made, coast-to-sea Qader (Mighty) missile fired on Monday could hit the target "successfully" and could destroy it, said the official IRNA news agency.

Deputy commander of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted as saying by IRNA on Monday that the ultra- advanced Qader missile has been upgraded in terms of its radar and satellite systems, as well as in its accuracy of hitting targets, its range, and smart radar-evading systems in comparison with its previous generations.

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