Oman-Iran rescue and relief drills begin in Indian Ocean

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The joint rescue and relief drills between Oman and Iran started in the Indian Ocean on Monday.

Commodore Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) as saying that an Iranian flotilla was deployed to the Indian Ocean through Muscat.

He added in the first phase of the drills, numerous operations were done, including array change, trade and tanker caravans escort, fuelling at sea, and telecommunications exchange. In the following phases, other operations will be done, such as specialised marine rescue and relief, quick reaction operations against unexpected incidents, and rescuing vessels.

He added, “Due to Iran and Oman’s domination over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, and the responsibility both countries have in rescuing the ships and tankers in trouble, we do the joint drills every year.”

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