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Iran, Oman Hold Joint Naval Drill in Persian Gulf

24 December 2015 10:47

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Naval forces from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Sultanate of Oman attended a joint drill near the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday to exercise maritime rescue and relief operations.

According to Iran’s Navy, 11 Iranian military vessels and 1,200 servicemen took part in the drill. Oman also deployed two watercraft to the exercise.

Lavan logistic and combat warship, Damavand destroyer and naval choppers were among the equipment that Iran employed in the drill.

According to Commander of Iran’s First Naval Zone Admiral Amir Hossein Azad, the purpose of the drill -held in the east of the Strait of Hormuz- was to exercise an operation to save a hypothetical trade vessel that caught fire from sinking.

Iran and Oman have held several joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman in recent years.

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