TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s navy says it will hold an annual drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz as pressure mounts on the country months after the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran, targeting its vital oil sector.
The strait is located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is crucial to global energy supplies, with about a third of all oil traded at sea passing through it.
One of Iran's top naval officers says Tehran will send a "flotilla" on a cruise to the Western Atlantic.
He said submarines, warships, helicopters and surveillance planes will participate in the drill, dubbed as “Velayat-97.”
The exercise will include missile launches from the vessels.
Iran regularly holds maneuvers in the strait.