The joint exercises of the ships of the Navy of Iran, China and the Russian Navy began today, December 27, in the northern Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. Maneuvers will last four days. This was announced by the representative of the Iranian Navy, Golyamrez Tahani.
According to a representative of the Iranian Navy, joint maneuvers called the “Maritime Security Belt” are designed to strengthen the security of international trade in the Persian Gulf region, as well as counter terrorism and piracy.
The exercises will begin at the naval base of the port of Konarek, located on the coast of the Gulf of Oman and will subsequently be held on an area of more than 17 thousand square meters. kilometers. The Russian fleet will be represented by the patrol ship "Yaroslav the Wise", the sea tug "Viktor Konetsky" and the tanker "Yelnya" from the Baltic fleet, China - the Xining missile destroyer. The composition of the Iranian forces that will take part in the exercises has not yet been reported.
As Deputy Coordinator of the Armed Forces of Iran, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari, previously stated, for strategic ships of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is extremely important to conduct such maneuvers with military vessels of such powers as the Russian Federation and China.
The Pentagon has already announced that they will closely monitor the progress of these exercises.
We will observe this and continue to work with our partners and allies to ensure freedom of navigation and free trade flow on international waterways.
- said the spokesman for the US Department of Defense Sean Robertson.