Iranian state media reported Tuesday, March 12, that China and Russia deployed warships to Iranian waters for a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

China, Russia, and Iran Flex Naval Muscle

Looks like things are heating up in the Middle East!

China and Russia just sent their warships to Iran and out in the Gulf of Oman for a joint naval exercise as tensions are already high in the region, with the war between Israel and Hamas dragging on and Yemen’s Houthi rebels continuously pestering commercial shipping.

Images released by Chinese and Russian media offer a glimpse into the ongoing naval exercise dubbed “Marine Security Belt 2024,” taking place in one of the world’s most crucial waterways near the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

The large-scale drills involve over 20 vessels from all three participating nations, including destroyers, frigates, support ships, combat boats, and even naval helicopters.

Leading the pack for China are the guided-missile destroyer Urumqi and the guided-missile frigate Linyi. Meanwhile, Russia has sent its imposing Slava-class cruiser, the Varyag, to spearhead their contingent.