China and many other nations have requested Iran to train their marine and commando task forces for anti-piracy missions.
"Given our forces' power and preparedness and the type of our trainings, other countries, including China, have demanded us to train them how to repel pirate attacks against their ships," Commander of Army Marine Training Base in Northern Iran Second Admiral Alireza Bayati said. The Iranian army's marine training centers always update their methods based on enemies' threats, Bayati added.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea is an important energy corridor, specifically as Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.
In a latest event late October, the Navy's Jamaran destroyer rescued an Iranian oil tanker in the international waters after fierce battles with pirates sailing on 7 boats.
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that the Iranian Navy's 36th flotilla of warships which includes Jamaran destroyer and Bushehr logistic warship has started its mission in free and international waters since late September to deliver security to the country's cargo ships.
Russias United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) will begin supplying China with communication systems for its newly ordered Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters from next year. This is the first confirmation from a Russian agency giving an indication of the approximate delivery of the aircraft systems to China
China has started a land-mine sweeping mission along the Sino-Vietnam border in South Chinas Guangxi Zhuang region. Twenty-one explosions were heard in Pingxiang City on Friday as dozens of People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers detonated mines in the nearby minefield, ChinaMil reported Saturday
An Indian Navy helicopter provided air cover to a boarding party from a Chinese Naval Ship to sanitize a merchant vessel that had been take over by pirates in the Gulf of Aden early today. A distress call was received from a foreign merchant vessel MV OS 35 (Tuvalu registered vessel), which was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden late night on 08 April
Australian Navy has seized a large number of weapons caches that includes 2000 AK-47 assault rifles 100 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 49 machine guns from a Somalia bound fishing vessel in Oman. HMAS Darwins boarding team intercepted the vessel about 300 kilometres off the coast of Oman and found weapons along with spare barrels and mortar tubers hidden under fishing nets in the dhow,
China has commissioned its largest ship for transporting military materials to islands in the South China Sea. The new-generation logistics support vessel has been commissioned in Sansha Hainan province on Monday, PLA Daily, Chinas military's newspaper, reported on its website on Tuesday
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