Following are excerpts from a TV report on Iranian naval maneuvers, which aired on Al-Alam TV on December 28, 2014:
Reporter: The Iranian army's military maneuvers, called "Muhammad Messenger of Allah," spread defensive mines, on the fourth day, in the area of maneuvers in the Sea of Oman, using battleships, speed boats, and heavy Tareq-class submarines. Then the naval forces began to sweep the mines, using helicopter-towed minesweepers to clear the shipping lanes, and to provide security for cargo ships and oil tankers. The army used a new, locally-produced minesweeping system in these operations.
Admiral Ismailiyan Minesweeping operations commander: The mine-sweeping was carried out by a new system attached to a helicopter. It detects and detonates naval mines, using electro-magnetic and sound waves. It is used for minesweeping at sea and on the shore, and can be employed in wartime as well as in times of peace.
Reporter: The maneuvers included the bombing of moving naval targets with locally-optimized Maverick missiles fired from fighter jets. This air-to-sea missile upgrade increased its altitude, range, and accuracy, and equipped it with a surveillance camera. In addition, the Maverick missile is capable of hitting relatively large and distant targets even in difficult weather conditions.
The Iranian Air Defense successfully monitored and controlled planes and helicopters in the important mission of deploying forces, equipment, and naval patrols in order to avoid confrontation with enemy planes, and find safe flight paths.
During the fourth day of maneuvers, Iranian Naval Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari disclosed that they had forced a U.S. destroyer to leave the area of maneuvers. Furthermore, footage shows that the destroyer was warned by an Iranian reconnaissance plane, when it entered an area within the range of the Iranian missiles. According to a military source, the American warships left the area immediately upon receiving the warning.