China, Russia end joint naval drills
China and Russia have ended their largest ever joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea.
China mobilized 18 vessels including submarines in the 6-day exercise off its eastern province of Shandong. Russia sent a missile cruiser and 6 other warships.
A spokesperson for the Russian Pacific Fleet said the 2 navies conducted drills against pirates and a submarine, and practiced a rescue following a maritime accident.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the deputy commander of the Chinese navy, Vice Admiral Ding Yiping, as saying that the drills deepened the 2 nations’ strategic partnership.
Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov of the Russian naval deputy chief of staff also evaluated the drills highly.
Friday, April 27, 2012