The active stage of the trilateral naval exercise of Russia, China and Iran with practical artillery firing begins in the Arabian Sea on Thursday. The joint exercise “Marine Security Belt – 2023” is taking place in the waters of the Arabian Sea in the area of the Iranian port of Chahbahar.
The exercise began on March 15th. The first stage involved practicing the drawing of episodes of the exercise on cards and briefings.
“From March 16 to March 17, the maritime stage of the exercise will be held, during which the participants will work out the formation of an interethnic detachment of warships, joint maneuvering, perform artillery firing both during the day and at night,” – said the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation the day before.
According to him, the sailors of the three countries will practice the release of a captured ship, rendering assistance to ships in distress and a number of other tasks.
Russia is represented at the exercise by a detachment of ships from the Northern Fleet, consisting of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate and the Kama medium sea tanker, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Russian military department said that the ships of the Northern Fleet will work out joint actions with the destroyer of the naval forces of the People’s Liberation Army of China “Nanjing”, the frigates “Sakhand” and “Jamaran”, the corvette “Bayandor” and other ships and vessels of the naval Iranian forces.
“On March 18, after the completion of the joint Russian-Chinese-Iranian naval exercise” Maritime Security Belt – 2023 “, the sailors of the three countries will sum up the results of joint work,” – the message of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation says.
“Admiral Gorshkov” is one of the most modern ships of the Russian Navy. The frigate, equipped with the new Zircon hypersonic missiles, set off on January 4 on a campaign across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. The ceremony of entering the ship into combat service was held under the leadership of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in videoconference mode.
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