The Iranian Navy will hold a 10-day drill in international waters beyond the Strait of Hormuz. Navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told state television on December 21 that the drill, dubbed Velayat-90, will be launched on December 24.
It will be carried out over an area extending from east of the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden.
Sayyari denied an Iranian media report from last week that the drill would close the Strait of Hormuz, which is the passageway for about 40 percent of the world's oil-tanker traffic.
An Iranian boat fires a cruise missile during a naval war game in March 2010
Iran regularly holds war games.
compiled from agency reports
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