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India & China To Join Russian Navy For Five Nation Drills In The Persian Gulf — Reports

Russia, India and China will hold joint naval exercises CHIRU in the Persian Gulf area in the period between late 2021 and early 2022, Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said in an interview with Sputnik.

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“In the end of this year or the beginning of the next year, the annual joint naval exercises CHIRU will be held in the Persian Gulf region.

Russian, Iranian, Indian, and Chinese warships are taking part in it. The main aim is to practice actions on ensuring international shipping safety, and combating sea pirates,” Dzhagaryan said.

Preparations for the Depth competition, held at the International Army Games 2021 in Iran’s Chabahar, are being completed, the ambassador noted.

“Along with Russia and India, China, Iran, Syria and Venezuela will take part in the drills. There are plans to hold a contest between the dive teams of these countries’ armed forces. Representatives of the Russian Navy command will arrive at the opening and closing ceremonies of this contest,” Dzhagaryan added.

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Meanwhile, warships of Russia, Vietnam and China have been put out to sea for a firing competition as part of the Sea Cup-2021 contest at the International Army Games 2021, the Russian Pacific Fleet said on Monday.

The International Army Games 2021, the seventh in a series, will be held across eleven countries, including Belarus, China, Serbia and Qatar.

“Ships of the Russian Navy, the Vietnamese Navy and the Chinese Navy put out to sea to take part in the first stage of the Sea Cup competition within the framework of the International Army Games ARMY-2021.

On the first day of the competition, the crews of the ships … will fire at a floating mine,” the fleet said in a statement.

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The ARMY International Military Forum is being held from August 22-28 to showcase innovative ideas and achievements in the field of high-tech production.

Russia has hosted the International Army Games annually since 2015 for military teams from across the world to come together and compete in various disciplines, such as a tank race, sniper shooting, a flight crew competition and a combat ship crew competition, among others.

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