Russia, China Hold ‘Unprecedented’ Joint Naval Drills

Thursday, August 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

Thursday saw the beginning of the second phase of Sea Cooperation – 2015, a large-scale joint military exercise between Russia and China.

Russia and China have started the second phase of “Sea Cooperation – 2015”, a series of naval exercises which are being conducted in Peter the Great Bay near the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, Russian media reports said.

Taking part in the drills from both sides are 22 warships, submarines and auxiliary vessels, 20 aircraft, more than 500 marines and 40 armored vehicles, according to Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov, Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy. On August 24, the active phase of the eight-day exercise will begin.

The press service of the Russian Pacific Fleet stated, in turn, that the main goal of the exercises will be drilling joint operations at sea, on land and in the air.

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