The Iranian Revolutionary Guards continue to maneuver in the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, conducting exercises using its ballistic missile system and attack drones, to train to attack the command center aboard aircraft carriers.
Iranian television said that "the last stage of the exercises - called the Greatest Messenger 14, with the participation of the Naval and Air Guard forces - started on land, air, sea and space in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf."
In the maneuvers, Revolutionary Guards drones targeted "a model that simulates an enemy aircraft carrier, and targeted the cockpit of this carrier."
Successful missile combat operations were carried out by launching two surface-to-surface Hermes, Fateh and ballistic missiles at specific targets, as well as precision-fired air defense fire.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuvers in the Persian Gulf begin with "Ya'ali Ibn Abi Talib" ♥ ️ pic.twitter.com/rr00a2n96
Dr. Azel Al-Rubaie (@ az_khalid90) July 29, 2020
The Revolutionary Guards commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, said that the Revolutionary Guards launched ballistic missiles from "the depth of the earth" for the first time in the framework of annual military exercises.
A video broadcast of activists on social media showed a cloud of dust before the rockets fired into the sky.
Today, Iran launched ballistic missiles from locations inside the ground, which it said are the first time that such tests have been carried out. The launch took place as part of maneuvers by the Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz, simulating the attack on an American aircraft carrier at the entrance to the strait. pic.twitter.com/85OzgznPnb
- Muhammad Salih Sedqian (@msedghian) July 29, 2020
For its part, the Central Command of the US Army announced a state of high alert in Al-Adeed Air Force Base in Qatar and Al-Dhafra Air Force Base in the Emirates.
She added that the Iranian maneuvers did not hinder coalition operations in the region or navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.
"The US military has always been monitoring this type of irresponsible and reckless behavior on the part of Iran in areas close to the busy international waterways," said Rebecca Reparic, a spokeswoman for the US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain.
"These exercises did not disrupt coalition operations in the area, nor did they have any impact on the free flow of trade in the Strait of Hormuz and the surrounding waters," she added.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Tehran, Noureddine Al-Dagheer said that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards released satellite images that he said were of the American military base in many.
Our correspondent added that the photos of the base came from the military satellite recently launched by the guards.
Tensions between Iran and the United States escalated in 2018 when US President Donald Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Iran and reimposed sanctions that drastically cut Tehran's oil exports.
And the Revolutionary Guards said last April that Tehran would destroy US warships in the Gulf if Iranian security was threatened, and Iranian officials repeatedly threatened to close the strait if Tehran was unable to export oil or if its nuclear sites were attacked.
In recent years, sporadic confrontations have occurred in the Gulf between the Revolutionary Guards and the American army, which accused the Revolutionary Guards navy of sending fast attack boats to harass American warships while crossing the Strait of Hormuz.
And Tehran - which opposes the presence of the American and Western navies in the Gulf - is conducting annual naval exercises in stages in the waterway through which about 30% of the total trade of crude oil and other oil transported by sea passes.