Iran, Russia, and China Engage in Joint Naval Drill in Gulf of Oman

On March 12, it was reported by Reuters that Iran, Russia, and China began a joint naval drill in the Gulf of Oman. The drill has been named “Marine Security Belt 2024”, taking place in 17,000 square kilometers (6,600 square miles) of water, according to Iranian Admiral Mostafa Tajaddini. 

The stated goal of the exercise was to combat piracy and terrorism, support humanitarian activities, engage in the exchange of information in rescue operations, and to improve trade. 

Around 20 ships in total participated in the drill, including support and combat vessels. 

This is the fourth naval exercise that Iran, China, and Russia have engaged in since 2019. 

This comes as tensions in the Middle East are high due to the Israel-Hamas war, and attacks by the Houthis and Hezbollah. 

This is developing.