The Russian Baltic Fleet (Balticskiyy Flot) detachment of warships, consisting of the Neustrashimyy-class frigate Yaroslav Mudry, the Altay-class oiler Yelnya and the sea tug Viktor Konetsky, was moored in the inner harbour of the port of Chabahar, located in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The navy ships of the fleet arrived in Iran to participate in the Russian-Iranian-Chinese naval manoeuvres. The official delegation of the Russian Navy will take part in the planning conference, which will be held on the shore.
On December 28, the active phase of the exercise started in the northern Indian Ocean. During the naval manoeuvres, Russian, Iranian and Chinese military sailors carry out inspection and release of the ship captured by mock pirates, joint manoeuvring, assistance to a vessel in distress, as well as conduct training in counter-terrorism protection of ships and vessels in an unprotected harbour. On October 1, the frigate Yaroslav Mudry, the tanker Yelnya and the sea tug Viktor Konetsky left the port of Baltiysk and headed for the Indian Ocean.
The Baltic Fleet is the fleet of the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea. Established 18 May 1703, under Tsar Peter the Great as part of the Imperial Russian Navy, the Baltic Fleet is the oldest Russian Navy formation. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Baltic Fleet was inherited by the Russian Federation and reverted to its original name as part of the Russian Navy. The Baltic Fleet is headquartered in Kaliningrad and its main base in Baltiysk, both in Kaliningrad Oblast, and another base in Kronshtadt, Saint Petersburg in the Gulf of Finland.