Pakistani-Iranian Naval Drills to Commence in Persian Gulf

On Saturday, a Pakistani flotilla, the Madadgar warship and the Zhob maritime security vessel arrived in the Southern Iranian city of Bandar Abbas, in preparation of a planned 3-day naval drill between the two nations. 

The purpose of the combat exercises are to portray ‘peace and friendship’ between the nations, as well as strengthen security ties. The move to strengthen security ties comes after a trade collaboration plan signed in August 2023, with the aim of creating a $5 Billion trade sector between the countries over 5 years.

The drills are to take place near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically important choke point, with Iran lying on the North Coast and the United Arab Emirates, and Musandam Governorate (an enclave of Oman) sitting on the South Coast.