The militaries also conducted anti-terrorism and anti-piracy training, which included a simulated rescue mission to a hijacked merchant ship, the report said.
“The exercise deepened thebetween the navies … and further showed the willingness and ability to jointly maintain maritime security,” said Qiu Maoxuan, the Nanning’s captain, in an interview with CCTV.
The Nanning has since returned to escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia.
The drills coincided with the nearby International Maritime Exercise 2023, which finished on March 16 in Oman.
The eighth edition of the US-led event involved 7,000 personnel from more than 50 countries and international bodies, including France, Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nato and Interpol.
The Gulf of Oman is a key shipping lane for major oil producing nations like Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Nanning was also featured at the International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February along with hundreds of other pieces of Chinese.
In January, the warship was deployed to missions in the Indian Ocean, and also took part in the Pakistan-led multinational Arabian Sea naval exercise AMAN-23.
China and Russia held a joint naval exercise with hostin February, the second such drill since the three countries held their first exercise in 2019.
China’s closewith Russia and its unprecedented military presence across the Indian Ocean, especially in the Middle East region, come as the country has increased its diplomatic activities.
Beijing has presented itself as an alternative to Washington as it has expanded its diplomatic presence in the Middle East.
Earlier this month, following a deal brokered by Beijing, rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to re-establish relations after years of hostilities.