The Indian Navy has denied that it is participating in an exercise along with the navies of Iran and Russia in the northern part of the Indian Ocean. Earlier, a section of the media had reported that the Indian Navy had joined the exercise named ‘Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021’.
“The news reports regarding Indian Navy participating in Iran-Russia Maritime exercise are incorrect,” the defence force said in a statement today.
Earlier, reports had said that the Indian Navy had joined the two-day navy exercise involving Iran and Russia.
A section of news media had reported that forces and vessels from the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) navy divisions were taking part in the exercise. Many vessels from the Russian Navy were participating in the exercise too, they claimed.
The reports, apparently all copied from one source, had quoted Admiral Gholamreza Tahani, spokesman of the drill, as saying that the Indian Navy was participating with a select group of vessels.
“The exercise we are conducting with Russia is so flexible that not only one other country but several others could join in later if they wish to do so,” Tahani said.
Hossein Khanzadi, commander of the Iranian Navy, even stated that the Chinese Navy was expected to join the exercise.
“The news reports regarding Indian Navy participating in Iran-Russia Maritime exercise is incorrect,” the force clarified.
Reports had earlier claimed that the Indian Navy has joined a drill alongside forces and vessels from the navy divisions of both the Iranian army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the Russian Navy.
“It means that global arrogance which until today dominated the region must realise that it needs to leave it,” Khanzadi said, as per a quote on the Iranian Army’s website.
The section of media claimed naval drill was being held in an area spanning 17,000 sq km. The exercise involved, they said, shooting at sea and air targets and liberating hijacked ships, as well as search and rescue and anti-piracy operations, media reported.