The Iranian Armed Forces launched a joint naval exercise with Russia in the north of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday to improve the security of sea trade, state television reported.
The “Maritime Security Belt Exercise” is to cover an area of 17,000 square kilometers and include units of the Iranian army and the elite Revolutionary Guards as well as the Russian Navy, the station quoted the drill spokesman Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani as saying.
“The aim of this exercise is to improve the security of international maritime trade, combat piracy and terrorism, and share information,” he added.
The Russian Baltic Fleet said in a statement Monday that three ships will take part in the exercise.
The exercises include “freeing a pirate hijacked merchant ship” and fighting fires.
According to Tahani, the Indian Navy will join the exercise in a message of “peace and friendship for neighboring and regional countries”.
Iranian state news agency IRNA said the exercise will last three days.
The Iranian Army said the exercises would also “expand bilateral relations with Russia”.
Iran, China and Russia held a similar exercise in the region in 2019, and the Islamic Republic took part in the “Caucus 2020” exercise held in Russia last September.
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