Incident Report – 6th August 2018
The Naval Division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) confirmed that it had held war games in the Gulf in recent days – which explained the heavy concentration of the Iranian Navy in the Straits of Hormuz.
The purpose of the games was to confront possible threats by enemy forces, the Islamic Republic News Agency report.
The IRGC Spokesperson, Ramezan Sharif said that their command “expressed satisfaction over the successful conduct of the Guards naval exercise, emphasizing the need to maintain and enhance defence readiness and the security of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and to confront threats and potential adventurous acts of enemies.”
The statement comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran ahead of the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran on 7th August.