Iran and Russia have kicked off joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, Maksim Suslov, the spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Tehran, told TASS on Monday.
Currently, the naval drills have started today as confirmation made.
An announcement was made by the Iranian Army’s press office earlier on Monday that Iran and Russia would begin joint naval drills in the northern part of the Indian Ocean on February 16.
While the Iranian-Russian Marine Security Belt drills will also begin in the northern portion of the Indian Ocean tomorrow, the press office said via a statement.
Iran naval drills with Russian aim to contribute to maritime security and combating piracy and terrorism, a senior Iranian military official said.
On Monday, the joint Iranian-Russian naval drill Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani said they would hold the joint training with the slogan “Collective Cooperation at Sea for the Security of Maritime Trade,” a 17,000-kilometer area with a message of peace and friendship.
“In addition to surface and flight units of the Iran Army Navy and IRGC Navy, Russian floating units consisting of the Stocky destroyer, a KoLa logistics ship, and a helicopter are present at the exercise,” he added.
The purpose of holding this exercise is to strengthen security and its foundations in the region and to expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries, the spokesperson highlighted.
In late December 2019, Iran, Russia, and China held joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. The maneuvers lasted four days.