* Navies of Iran, China and Russia will hold joint war games in the Indian Ocean
* Admiral Hussein Khanzadi said the drills would take place ‘in the near future’
* Iran is hoping for ‘collective security’ amid maritime tensions in the Middle East
Iran, Russia and China are set to hold their first-ever joint military drills in a show of power to the West.
Admiral Hussein Khanzadi revealed yesterday that the three navies would hold military exercises in the northern Indian Ocean in the ‘near future’.
Design and planning for the drills took place last month and troops are already preparing for the exercise, he said.
The joint operation will ‘send a message to the world’, Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency.
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WNU Editor: Still no public announcement from Russia or China on these naval drills.
Iran announces joint drills with Russia and China, says it is ready for US threats — The New Arab
Iran’s joint wargame with Russia, China delivers message to world — MEHR News Agency
Iran says to hold military drills with Russia, China — Anadolu Agency
Iran, Russia, China to hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean soon — Navy Recognition