China, Russia and Iran, possibly the three countries most critical of the US, have come together to conduct joint naval exercises in the gulf of oman from this Wednesday until the 19th. The Chinese Ministry of Defense reports in a statement that “the navies of China, Iran and Russia will carry out naval exercises in which the Chinese destroyer Nanning. The exercises will seek to deepen practical cooperation between the navies of the participating countries to demonstrate their willingness and ability to jointly safeguard maritime security,” he says.
The Nanning Type 052D destroyer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy is equipped with guided missiles and displaces 7,500 tons. It integrates advanced sensors and weapons that allow it to perform a wide range of missions, including air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and escort operations. Its propulsion system gives it a top speed of 30 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles.
Beijing ensures that the maneuvers “will inject positive energy into regional stability and peace”. In 2022, the three countries conducted similar exercises in the same area, involving artillery firing practice against naval targets, joint tactical maneuvers, and high seas search and rescue missions.
The last time military personnel from the three countries came together to carry out joint exercises was in the framework of the exercise Vostok-2022, which Russia conducted from September 1 to 7, 2022. Military personnel from China, India, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Algeria and other states participated in those exercises.