“Marshal Shaposhnikov, a Russian Udaloy-class destroyer, has docked at this port with the aim of strengthening military ties between Iran and Russia,” Vice-Admiral Hossein Azad said.
|The Russian Federation Navy Udaloy class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov transiting the channel|
into Pearl Harbor in October 2003 (photo credit: US Navy).
The report did not specify the exact purpose of the visit, or the length of time the ship was expected to remain in port.
The Bandar Abbas Port is the suspected launching point for Iranian weapons shipments to Sudan, Syria and the Gaza Strip.
Russia, unlike the US, does not maintain a regular naval presence in the Persian Gulf. - Times of Israel.