BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Iranian and Chinese navies have kicked off their military exercises in the Persian Gulf, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported this morning.
These military exercises come just days after the Chinese Navy entered the Bandar ‘Abbas Port near the Hormuz Strait in the Persian Gulf waters.
Commander of the First Naval Base Rear Admiral Amir Hossein Azad in a joint press conference with commander of the visiting Chinese fleet-150 in Bandar Abbas on Thursday evening said that the maneuver will be held in the eastern waters of the Hormuz Strait, north of the Indian Ocean.
The commander added that in fighting against the ominous phenomenon of piracy, defending trade fleets, and carrying out relief and rescue operations, the two navies have collaboration and exchange useful information.
Rear Admiral Shen Hao, Commander of China Navy Task Force Group 150 said holding the maneuver had already been planned and the successful execution of the program will help develop more friendship, promote interaction and strengthen confidence between the two navies of Iran and China.
He called Iran and China two ancient and civilized countries of Asia with a long history of friendship, adding that by exchanging high ranking delegations in recent years, cooperation between the two navies have entered into a new phase.
The flotilla is the second Chinese warship group to dock in Bandar Abbas since September 2014.