The Iranian navy held a minelaying exercise at the Caspian Sea on Monday. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei observed the exercise off the coast of Noushahr, a Caspian port city in Mazandaran province. The exercise coincides with U.S.-led International Mines Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Persian Gulf that began on Sunday 16 September and runs through 27 September.
The focus of IMCMEX, involving 20 nations, is to keep the Strait of Hormuz clear of any minelaying activities if a military conflict breaks out. The Iranian exercise at Noushahr focused on laying mines in case of war.
Top: IRI Naval exercise at Noushahr. IRINS Hamzah (802) with an Agusta SH-3D Sea King (AS-61)
Bottom: Iran's Supreme Leader and Commander-in-Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei observing.
17 September 2012. (khamenei.ir)