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China, Russia end joint naval drills

Friday, April 27, 2012

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