Iran, Oman navy hold joint ‘maritime rescue drill’

BANDAR ABBAS, Dec. 23 (MNA) – Iranian and Omani navies have held joint maritime rescue drills in Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.

Commander of Iran's 1st Naval Zone Adm. Hossein Azad told reporters on Wednesday that the drill aimed at strengthening military relations of Iran and Oman; “the drill involved joint maritime and aerial units of the Navy, IRGC naval force, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping, and Oman’s Army Navy; the drill constructs the rescue operation by the operation center, rescue units, and a damaged ship, where units rescue engage in firefighting operation, airlifting crews, and additional maneuvering necessary to transit the whole paraphernalia of the drill to coast,” he detailed.

“The drill also has as its fleet Alvand destroyer, missile-launcher Lavan battleship, Rostami missile-launcher battleship, two helicopters, hovercraft, two tows, IRGC naval force speedboats and tows, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shipping rescue operation units, and Oman’s relief and rescue ships,” Azad told reporters.

The commander also said that the experience of more than a decade indicated that regional cooperation would guarantee the security of the countries and would provide nautical security; “our experiences have come from years of the Sacred Defense (with Iraq); no other navy except Iran’s army's could have engaged in battles with sea pirates and could have saved two ships and arrested sea pirates without any casualties,” he lavished praise upon the Navy.

 

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