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2021 October 14 13:59

Joint Sea 2021 Russian-Chinese naval exercise starts in Sea of Japan

A joint Russian-Chinese naval exercise is being held in the Sea of Japan from October 14 to 17, says press center of RF Defence Ministry. The Russian Navy is represented by warships and support vessels of the Pacific Fleet: the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleev, the corvettes of the project 20380 Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov and Gromkiy, two base minesweepers, a submarine Ust- Bolsheretsk, as well as a missile boat and a rescue tug.

From the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) naval forces, the destroyers Kun Ming and Nan Chang, the corvettes Bin Zhou and Liu Zhou, as well as a diesel submarine, an integrated supply ship and a rescue vessel are involved. The day before, a detachment of Chinese ships arrived at the anchorage area in the water area of the Peter the Great Bay.

In addition to the naval component, 12 planes and helicopters of the naval aviation of the Pacific Fleet and the PLA Navy were involved in the Russian-Chinese exercise.

In the course of practical actions, the crews of the ships of the two countries will work out joint tactical maneuvering, mine countermeasures for detachments, conduct artillery fire at sea targets, search for and block a mock enemy submarine in the designated area.

The first Russian-Chinese joint naval drills took place in the Yellow Sea in August 2005. At that time they were part of the Peace Mission 2005 large-scale military exercises, organized under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Since 2012, the Joint Sea annual naval exercises have been held beyond the SCO, aimed at strengthening the combat capability of Russia and China to jointly counter threats at sea.

In 2020, Joint Sea exercise was not held due to restrictive measures in force in connection with the pandemic of a new  coronavirus infection.