China, Russia, Iran to Hold Joint Naval Exercise

China, Russia and Iran will hold a joint naval exercise from Dec. 27 to 30 in the Gulf of Oman, Xinhua reported citing Chinese military spokesperson.

The exercise is aimed at deepening exchanges and cooperation among the navies of the three countries, and demonstrating the goodwill and capability of the three sides to jointly safeguard world peace and maritime security and actively build a maritime community with a shared future, according to the report.

“The joint exercise is a normal military exchange arrangement of the three countries. It is in line with related international laws and practices, and has no connection with regional situation,” said Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will send the guided-missile destroyer Xining to the joint exercise.

The Russian Navy Baltic Fleet detachment of warships, consisting of the frigate Yaroslav Mudry, the tanker Yelnya and the sea tug Viktor Konetsky, arrived in the inner harbor of the port of Chabahar for the exercise.

On December 28, the active phase of the exercise will start in the northern Indian Ocean. During the naval maneuvers, Russian, Iranian and Chinese sailors will carry out inspection and release of the ship captured by mock pirates, joint maneuvering, assistance to a vessel in distress, as well as conduct training in counter-terrorism protection of ships and vessels in an unprotected harbor.

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