Iran, Russia to hold joint naval drill this year: cmdr.

TEHRAN, Apr. 29 (MNA) – Commander of Iranian Army Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that Iran and Russia will conduct a joint military drill in southern waters of Iran.

He made the remarks in a Monday press conference held in Navy’s headquarters in Tehran.

“Based on negotiations with the Russian Navy, the force will dispatch a fleet to the southern regions of Iran this year,” he said but didn’t specify the exact date for the planned joint naval drills.

He went on to add that navies of Iran and Russia will continue cooperation in different operational, educational and technical fields.

In Early January, Khanzadi said that the two countries were preparing for a joint naval drill in the Caspian Sea region and that wargames would be focused on tactical, relief and rescue and anti-piracy issues.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he touched upon his recent China visit to attend a ceremony to commemorate the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), saying that he has held ten ‘secret’ meetings with his counterparts from different countries during the event.

One of the topics of these meetings, he continued, was ‘deep diving’ competitions which will be held in southern waters of Iran in the next two months. Naval forces of China and Russia will definitely participate in the event, Khanzadi added.


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