Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani says his forces were committed to achieving an effective and successful presence in the international arena and raising the Iranian flag.
Admiral Irani made the remarks on Saturday, as he arrived at the Pulkovo International Airport in St. Petersburg to attend the parade celebrating the Day of the Russian Navy.
The Navy chief highlighted naval diplomacy as a key mission pursued by navies worldwide, including the Iranian Navy.
He stressed that annual joint exercises conducted with the navies of Russia and China in Chabahar, the Makran coast, and the Indian Ocean were part of their naval diplomacy efforts.
Admiral Irani further noted that he has traveled to St. Petersburg upon the official invitation of the Commander of the Russian Navy, adding that Iranian ships will also take part in the parade.
The Navy chief is also scheduled to hold meetings with a number of his foreign counterparts on the sidelines of the event.
Russia’s naval event will be held on Sunday with the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and high-ranking defense officials from 21 countries.
The Iranian Navy has deployed three vessels to Russia to take part in the parade north of the Caspian Sea.
In July 2021, Iranian Navy destroyer Sahand and its accompanying support vessel Makran participated in the naval parade on the occasion of Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg.
The latest development comes as Iranian naval forces, together with their Russian counterparts, have held several joint war games in recent years with the purpose of improving the security of international maritime trade, countering piracy and maritime terrorism, exchange of information in naval rescue and relief operations, and exchange of operational and tactical experiences.
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