An Iranian Navy fleet has docked at India’s Port of Cochin in line with the Islamic Republic’s policy of expanding its naval presence in high seas.
The operational training flotilla comprises Shaheed Naqdi destroyer and Tunb warships.
The fleet is scheduled to leave Cochin Port on Tuesday.
Iran and India have adopted measures to develop positive defense and military cooperation during recent years.
In May 2016, an Indian navy flotilla called at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, as the two countries work to boost friendly maritime relations.
The fleet, comprising INS Trikand (F51) and INS Ganga (F22) frigates, arrived in Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan Province, for a four-day stay.
In August 2015, an Indian navy fleet, comprising the INS Beas (F37) and INS Betwa (F39) frigates, docked at Bandar Abbas for a four-day stay.
In late January 2015, Iranian Navy’s destroyer Alvand set sail to India to participate in joint maneuvers with several other navies. It participated in the naval drills along with other destroyers near Visakhapatnam Port in India.
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and conducted numerous military drills.
Over the past few years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in high seas to safeguard naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
Iran has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other states, insisting that the country’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.