Russia-China in 'biggest' joint navy drill

2013-07-02 13:03

Cape Town – China and Russia will strengthen co-operation between their militaries in the largest joint naval drill between the two nations scheduled to start later this week, say reports.

The People’s Daily reported that the eight-day manoeuvres are planned to focus on joint maritime air defence, joint escorts, and marine search and rescue operations. The two navies last conducted joint navy drills in 2012 in the Yellow Sea.

According to an AP report the Chinese Defence Ministry said its navy would send four destroyers, two guided missile frigates, and a support ship.

"This marks our navy's single biggest deployment of military force in a China-foreign joint exercise," the ministry said.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army chief of the general staff, Fang Fenghui, has clarified the nature and intent of the drill.

"The joint drill conducted by the two militaries of China and Russia do not target any third parties," Fenghi told the Liberation Army Daily. "Their aim is to deepen co-operation between the two militaries in the training field, boost capacity in co-ordinating military activities, and serve the purpose of safeguarding regional security and stability."

AFP reported that four Chinese destroyers will participate, along with two frigates and a supply ship, while Russia will send 11 vessels, one submarine and three planes.

The Chinese fleet will be anchored in Vladivostok during the drill.


  • Shawon Tiltman - 2013-07-02 17:27

    l wonder if n.Korea will attack them? ?????

      forest gump - 2014-09-24 21:05

      I cant even fathom how you came to that thought.

  • Sean Smith876 - 2014-10-03 11:52

    Every interference from America has only deepened the worlds problems. They have given birth to more terrorism and violence than ever before. In a literal sense as well, along with the UK that seems to breed radicals very nicely with prime minister Came'moron' doing his little outcry in the background with not much balls to go with it. Revelations says that the water of the river Euphrates will be dried up.." to open the way for the kings of the East." Maybe this is what it was referring to.

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