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Joint naval exercises between Iran, Russia and China to take place this autumn.

| 2022

According to information published by Tass on September 23, 2022, Iran, Russia, and China are planning to hold a joint naval exercise this fall, Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces’ General Staff Mohammad Bagheri told.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Iranian Kaman class fast attack craft IRIS Neyzeh during Marine Security Belt 2019. (Picture source: FARS)

Drills involving the navies of Iran, Russia, and China will take place in the northern part of the Indian Ocean this fall, the Mehr news agency reported with reference to Bagheri. “Other countries including Oman and Pakistan may also join the drills,” the media outlet said.

Last time military personnel of the three countries gathered together for the Vostok 2022 exercise, which was held in Russia on September 1-7. Military personnel from China, India, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Algeria, and other states took part in it.

The active phase of the maneuvers was observed by high-level military delegations from Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Venezuela, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan.

During the exercise, defensive and offensive actions were practiced at training ranges of the Eastern Military District, as well as in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan.

About the IRIS Neyzeh

IRIS Neyzeh is a Kaman-class fast attack craft in the Southern Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy. Neyzeh was built by French Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie at Cherbourg, as one of the second six contracted on 14 October 1974.

The La Combattante IIa fast attack craft is a class of fast attack craft originally built for the German Navy as Type 148 Tiger-class fast attack craft.

Iran ordered 12 ships of the same class (known in Iran as Kaman class), nine of which were delivered in 1977 and 1978, and three of which were delayed until 1981 as a result of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


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