The four-vessel Chinese naval fleet arrived Monday in Vladivostok for the scheduled joint exercise “Joint Sea 2017” with the Russian Navy from Sept. 18 to 26.
The joint drill is to be held in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk. It is the second phase of the annual joint naval drill between the two countries for this year.
The first phase was held from July 22 to 27 in the Baltic Sea.
The Chinese fleet consists of missile destroyer “Shijiazhuang,” missile frigate “Daqing,” comprehensive supply ship “Dongpinghu,” and submarine rescue ship “Changdao.”
“(As a follow-up with our first phase in the Baltic Sea)the second phase of joint drill has more manpower, more diversified vessels, more complicated drill courses for more comprehensive, truly joined-force and more combat-oriented exercises. The joint drill will further enhance the China-Russia joint capability for safeguarding world peace,” said Tian Zhong, deputy commander of the Chinese PLA Navy and the China-side coordinator of the joint drill.
And there is more to this joint drill off Vladivostok.
“The one big feature of this upcoming joint drill is its joint submarine search and rescue mission. This is the very first time for Russia to do this drill with any other country,” revealed Alexander Fedotenkov, the Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral, and also the Russia-side coordinator for the joint drill.
The Chinese fleet departed Qingdao of east China’s Shandong Province last week and conducted its own drills while passing through the Tsushima Strait, China’s Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan.
The second phase of the joint drill will also include two stages of coastal and sea actions.
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