Iranian, Chinese navies to hold joint military drills

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Iranian and Chinese warships are scheduled to hold a joint military exercise in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman on June 18.

Commander of the First Naval Base Rear Admiral Amir Hossein Azad in a joint press conference with commander of visiting Chinese fleet-150 in southern port city of Bandar Abbas said on Thursday that the maneuver will be held in the east of the Hormuz Strait and north of the Indian Ocean, IRNA reported.

He said that the military exercise is aimed at exchanging naval experiences between the two countries.

The commander added that the two navies are collaborating in the fight against piracy, relief and rescue operations and safeguarding trade fleets in high seas.

Rear Admiral Shen Hao, commander of China Navy Task Force Group 150, said that holding the maneuver had already been planned and the successful execution of the program will help promote interaction and strengthen confidence between the Iranian and Chinese naval forces.

He called Iran and China as the two ancient and civilized countries of Asia with a long history of friendship, adding that by exchanging high-ranking delegations in recent years, cooperation between the two navies has entered into a new phase.

The Chinese flotilla, which docked in Bandar Abbas on Thursday, comprises the guided-missile destroyer Chang Chun (DDG-150), guided-missile frigate Jin Zhou (FFG-532) and Type 903 replenishment ship Chao Hu (890).

The Chinese flotilla had been staying at Karachi, Pakistan, for a training program before deployment to Iran.

Iran’s Navy and the People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy) have intensified cooperation in recent years.

In September 2014, a Chinese flotilla of warships docked in Bandar Abbas and held a joint naval exercise with Iran.

Later in October that year, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari visited China’s eastern port city of Qingdao with a high-ranking team and held talks with Chinese military officials.

In December 2015, members of a high-ranking naval delegation from China visited Iran for talks.


*Source: Iran-Daily