Iranian combat exercises with Russia in the Indian Ocean; increase security

UMMATIMES - Joint combat drills between Iran and Russia in the Indian Ocean, are designed to enhance maritime trade security, counter naval piracy and terrorism, and exchange information. Tuesday (16/2).

This 'Maritime Safety Belt Exercise' covers an area of ​​17,000 square kilometers. "This will be followed by units of the Iranian army and elite Revolutionary Guards and the Russian navy," said Gholamreza Tahani, training spokesman for Rear Admiral.

The Indian navy will also take part in the exercise. India will present a message of peace and friendship to neighboring countries and the region. Gholamreza Tahani said.

The Iranian army says the drills will also expand bilateral relations with Russia. The exercises will include missions to free commercial ships kidnapped by pirates, and putting out fires.

Russia's Baltic Fleet said three of their ships were taking part in the exercise. The exercise will last three days, said IRNA, Iran's news agency.

In September 2019, Iran, Russia and China held similar exercises in the region. Iran participates in the "2020 Caucus" exercises held in Russia.