The sight of warships sailing towards the Gulf of Oman is a common one, but the last few days of December provided an unprecedented spectacle in the waters off the coast of Iran. For the first time, Russian frigates joined Iranian ships and a modern Chinese guided-missile destroyer for a four-day naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
Iran hailed it as the beginning of a new "triangle of power" in the sea.
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