On January 6, the commander of the Iranian Navy said that Iran and Russia will hold joint drills in the Caspian Sea.
“Relief and rescue, tactical, and anti-piracy exercises between Iranian and Russian naval forces are being planned and will be carried out in the near future,” Rear-Admiral Hossein Khanzadi stressed. “Joint drills with Russia will surely take us to a new level of cooperation in strategic, tactical, and operational areas at sea.”
The commander added that the cooperation among the naval forces of the Caspian states has “tremendously deepened” in recent years.
“The Caspian is the sea of peace and friendship, and all its littoral countries follow this approach.”
On January 5, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that the IRGC had, for the first time, decided to enter the field of underwater warfare in a bid to strengthen its combat capabilities. He said that the IRGC is going to unveal some new underwater weapons and systems in the future drills.
“God willing, that (the unveiling) will take place in IRGC Navy’s upcoming drills,” Tangsiri told the Tasnim news agency, adding, “The underwater domain is one of our necessities which we should aspire to.”