January 13 Mohammed Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, announced on the 13th that the Iranian navy had resumed patrols in the waters of the Red Sea.
According to the Iranian Tasnim News Agency, the Iranian navy held a military exercise code-named “Naval Force 99” in the waters of the Gulf of Oman on the same day.
At the drill site, Bagheri said that Iranian merchant ships had encountered some “limited-scale hostilities” in the waters of the Red Sea, and that the Iranian military would resume patrols in the waters to protect the safety of Iranian merchant ships and oil tankers.
Since the 5th of this month, the Iranian military has held a series of military exercises for several consecutive days, including hundreds of self-developed drones in Semnan Province for shooting training in Gulf waters as a simulated conflict zone, and about 700 ships of various ships in Gulf waters.
In addition, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran unveiled a newly built underground missile base on the north coast of the Strait of Hormuz on the 8th.