Russia and Iran's navies plan to hold a joint exercise in the Caspian Sea the Russian-based RIA Novosti reported on Friday, citing a Russian military commander.
Nikolai Yakubovsky, deputy commander of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, said the two countries intended to hold a joint naval exercise in the second half of 2013.
He made the announcement during meetings with Iranian commanders who were visiting the port of Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea.
IRINS Joshan (P225) and IRINS Paykan (P224) Sina class (Combattante II type) patrol missile boats
Russian military honor guard: Astrakha, Russia
Iranian military contingent aboard Sina class warship
Traditional Russian maiden welcome: Port Astrakhan, Russia
Photos: Michael Varlashin at astra-novosti.ru