TEHRAN, Jul. 23 (Press Shia Agency) – Iran has dispatched two Peykan-Class warships to Azerbaijan’s Port of Baku to participate in the Sea Cup competition of the annual International Army Games hosted by Russia.
Commander of the Iranian Navy’s Northern Fleet First Captain Ahmad Reza Bagheri made the announcement on Sunday, adding that the mission duration of the Iranian’s fleet will be 25 days during which the dispatched units will compete in various events with other participating countries.
Captain Bagheri said the aim of the mission is to evaluate and showcase the capabilities and equipment of the Iranian Navy compared with other participating countries.
The annual International Army Games are slated for July 29 to August 12, and will be hosted by China, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Compared with last year’s 23 events, there will be 28 events, with the 5 new ones being Military Rally, Drone Competition, Commonwealth Warrior, Guardian of Order and Road Patrol.
China will host 6 events, i.e. the Suvorov Attack, Aviation Darts, Safe Environment, Airborne Platoon, Clear Sky and Gunsmith Master. Kazakhstan will host three competitions, which are Masters of Artillery Fire, Sniper Frontier and Drone Competition. Belarus will host the Commonwealth Warrior competition, and Azerbaijan will host the Sea Cup competition.
More than 70 countries are expected to send teams to participate in or observe the Games. Syria will be participating in the Games for the first time.
Iran participated for the first time in the Army Games in 2016, finishing 5th in the competitions out of 19 countries-participants.