China, Iran hold joint naval exercise in Persian Gulf

China, Iran hold joint naval exercise in Persian Gulf
Chinese guided missile destroyer Chang Chun, participant in joint exercise with Iran. (File image: Chinese MOD)

[Ed. – The two navies had their first joint naval exercise in 2014.  All but unnoticed at the time, China also deployed a submarine to the Gulf of Aden during the period of that fleet deployment — a major first for the PLAN.  What we’re seeing now is the follow-on development of a Chinese maritime posture that has been building for some time.]

Iran’s navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

The official IRNA news agency said Sunday’s drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran’s port of Bandar Abbas last week.

It said the scheduled exercise came before the departure of the Chinese fleet for Muscat, Oman. It did not provide further details.

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