Russia, China to hold Sea Cooperation naval drills December 21-27


YEREVAN, DECEMBER 19, ARTSAKHPRESS. A group of the Russian Pacific Fleet ships led by the Varyag missile cruiser shipped out to sea from Vladivostok to take part in the Sea Cooperation joint naval drills with China, set to be held in the East China Sea on December 21-27, TASS reported citing a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

“The active part of the exercise will include joint missile and artillery firings at air targets, artillery firings at sea targets and the training of joint anti-submarine actions involving the practical use of weapons,” TASS quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the main goal of the drills is “to boost naval cooperation between Russia and China, while maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The Chinese navy will send two destroyers, two patrol ships, an integrated supply ship and a diesel submarine to take part in the exercise.

The drills will also involve naval aircraft and helicopters.

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