The Iranian military conducted exercises at the port city of Bandar Abbas near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, to kick off celebrations of Sacred Defense Week.

Various Naval vessels can be seen moving about in formation in the Persian Gulf, as well as soldiers being lowered down by helicopters onto the deck of a ship.

Sacred Defense Week is an annual commemoration of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, which is marked with military parades and exercises.

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