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China, Iran and Russia Joint Exercise in Gulf of Oman

PLA Navy sailors from the Type 052DL guided missile destroyer Nanning [162] visiting the Russian Pavilion at NAVDEX 2023 in Abu Dhabi [© Bob Morrison]

China, Iran and Russia are holding a joint maritime exercise, SECURITY BELT 2023, in Gulf of Oman from 15th until 19th March 2023.


News Release, Beijing, 15 March 2023: Following the consensus reached by the militaries of China, Iran and Russia, the navies of the three countries will hold the SECURITY BELT 2023 joint maritime exercise in the Gulf of Oman from March 15 to 19.

  • The Security Belt-2023 exercise is developed from the two joint maritime exercises held by the three countries in 2019 and 2022.
  • The Chinese military dispatches the guided-missile destroyer Nanning to participate in the exercise on such subjects as aerial search, maritime rescue, ship parade and others.
  • The SECURITY BELT 2023 exercise will facilitate the deepening of the practical cooperation among the navies of the participating countries, further demonstrate their willingness and ability to jointly protect maritime security, actively build a maritime community with a shared future, and inject a positive momentum to the regional peace and stability.

Source: Ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China


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