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Iran, China, Russia kick off trilateral naval drill in Sea of Oman

Mahdi Abbasian
Press TV, Konarak

Chinese and Russian vessels have entered Iran’s territorial waters to hold a joint maritime exercise in the Sea of Oman. Delegates from Pakistan and Kazakhstan navies will also be there as observers.

China has dispatched a guided missile destroyer to the area, while Russia has sent a naval group that consists of a frigate and a medium sea tanker.

At the first stage of the drill, the naval officers of the three countries reviewed episodes of the trilateral exercise on maps, received instructions, and held tactical briefings.

Later, the naval commanders of the three countries held a joint presser. The Iranian navy’s deputy commander said the main aim of the joint exercise is to help safeguard security in the northern part of the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, Chinese and Russian navy commanders said the joint exercise further demonstrates the preparedness of the participating countries to maintain security and it will also deepen their practical cooperation.

In an exclusive interview, Rear Admiral Tajeddini told Press TV that the trilateral drill helps protect peace and stability in the region.

This joint exercise is the third of its kind, following similar drills involving the Iranian, Chinese, and Russian navies in 2019 and 2022.

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