Iran will join the exercises with Russia and China

The chief of staff in Tehran says naval maneuvers will take place in the Indian Ocean

The Iranian navy will take part in joint exercises with Russian and Chinese warships “this fall” This was announced Thursday in Tehran by Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri.

The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces did not offer much in the way of details on the planned maneuvers, but said other countries such as Oman and Pakistan could also participate.

Bagheri made the announcement on the sidelines of a military parade in Tehran on the occasion of Sacred Defense Week, according to the Mehr news agency.

“Exercises involving the navies of Iran, Russia and China will be held in the northern part of the Indian Ocean this fall,” Bagheri most quoted as saying.

This would be the fourth joint exercise of the three navies since 2019 and the first since the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine. Eleven Iranian, three Russian and two Chinese ships took part in the January 2022 exercises in the northern Indian Ocean. Among the activities practiced at the time were artillery fire on naval targets, search and rescue operations and the liberation of a civilian ship from pirates, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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