China, Russia conclude joint naval drillApril 27th, 2012 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, April 27 (IANS) The Chinese and Russian navies announced Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise that saw them focus on maritime defence.
Vice Admiral Ding Yiping, China’s general director for the joint exercise, described the joint naval drill as a “complete success”.
He said the two navies will further their efforts to have regular naval drills and deepen their cooperation, reported Xinhua.
A total of 16 surface ships, two submarines from the Chinese navy and seven Russian ships, led by the flagship Russian cruiser Varyag, participated in the war games.
The six-day manoeuvres focused on joint maritime air defence and the defence of marine traffic arteries, with exercises involving joint escorts, marine search and rescue operations, anti-submarine tactics and anti-hijacking tactics.
Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov, Russia’s general director for the drill, said the two navies will further strengthen cooperation.
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