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Iranian, Chinese warships to hold joint military exercises

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Pro, June 16, IRNA -- Iranian and Chinese warships are to hold a joint military maneuver in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman on June 18, 2017.

Commander of the First Naval Base Rear Admiral Amir Hossein Azad in a joint press conference with commander of Chinese visiting' fleet-150' in Bandar Abbas on Thursday evening said that the maneuver will be held in the east of the Hormuz Strait and north of the Indian Ocean.

He said that the military exercise aims to exchange naval experiences between the two countries.

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 Chinese flotilla, which docked in Bandar Abbas military wharf on Thursday, includes a heavy and a light destroyer, a logistic vessel, and a helicopter.

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