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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:40 am


    Russian warships visit Sri Lanka, head to Gulf of Aden

    RIA Novosti

    02:15 11/12/2010

    VLADIVOSTOK, December 11 (RIA Novosti) - A Pacific Fleet's task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer will complete on Saturday a three-day visit to Sri Lanka and head to the Gulf of Aden to fight sea piracy in the region.

    The visit to the port of Colombo coincided with the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka's Navy.

    "During the friendly stay the Russian sailors visited the mayor's office and several military facilities," a spokesman for Russia's Pacific Fleet said.

    The Admiral Vinogradov destroyer is accompanied on the current mission by a salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker.

    The task force is to replace the naval group led by Northern Fleet's Admiral Levchenko Udaloy class guided-missile destroyer. The group, which also includes the Olekma tanker and the SB-36 tugboat of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on July 3.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-101211-rianovosti01.htm

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Serbia Forever 2 on Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:15 pm

    Russian Black Sea Fleet to join NATO naval drills in 2011

    The Russian Black Sea Fleet will take part for the first time in NATO's Bold Monarch exercise next year, its commander said on Friday.

    "Ahead of us [next year] are tactical drills involving multiple task forces, Russian-Turkish exercises under the Black Sea Partnership program and the NATO drills, Bold Monarch, which the Black Sea Fleet will take part in for the first time," Vice Adm. Vladimir Korolyov said.

    Bold Monarch is a major NATO live submarine escape and rescue exercise, involving ships, aircraft and submarines. It will be held next year in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain, on June 1-9.

    Korolyov also said that the Black Sea Fleet was scheduled to hold joint drills with Ukraine and Italy, and continue its participation in Operation Black Sea Harmony in 2011.

    SEVASTOPOL, December 17 (RIA Novosti)

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat May 07, 2011 8:00 pm

    Russia, Norway to hold joint naval drills next week
    RIA Novosti

    20:26 06/05/2011

    MOSCOW, May 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Norway will hold large-scale naval exercise Pomor 2011 on May 11-16, a spokesman for Russia's Northern Fleet said on Friday.

    The drills in the Barents and Norwegian seas will involve Russian Udaloy class destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov from the Northern Fleet, Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen class frigate Helge Ingstad, coastal guard vessels and naval aircraft.

    "The drills will include artillery firing at air and surface targets, anti-submarine warfare, an anti-piracy mission, and the freeing of an oil platform or a commercial ship from armed extremists," Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.

    Prior to the exercise, Helge Ingstad will take part in the Victory Day celebrations in the Northern Fleet's main base of Severomorsk on May 9.

    Russia and Norway held similar naval drills last June to practice interoperability during missions in the Arctic.

    The Norwegian Navy was represented by guided missile frigate Otto Sverdrup, Coast Guard ship Nordkapp, an Orion patrol aircraft, F-16 fighters and Lynx helicopters, while Russia's Northern Fleet contributed the Severomorsk destroyer, Il-38 ASW aircraft, Su-33 fighters and a Ka-27 naval helicopter.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2011/05/mil-110506-rianovosti01.htm

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    Russian warship to visit Singapore, Indonesia

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon May 16, 2011 10:59 pm


    Russian warship to visit Singapore, Indonesia

    Russian Pacific Fleet's destroyer Admiral Panteleyev will visit Singapore and Indonesia on May 16-27 to take part in IMDEX-2011 naval exhibition and hold joint drills with the Indonesian navy.

    The biennial IMDEX Asia International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) is held in Singapore on May 17-19.

    "Russian warships have taken part in this exhibition several times in the past," the fleet's spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said. " For instance, Russian missile cruiser Varyag - the flagship of the Pacific Fleet - visited Singapore on the same occasion in 2009."

    Admiral Panteleyev, an Udaloy class destroyer, will stay in Singapore until May 20 before departing for Indonesia where it will take part in anti-piracy drills with the Indonesian navy.

    "During the visit, the Russian and Indonesian warships will hold anti-piracy exercises," Martov said adding that the simulated mission would involve the rescue of a tanker seized by pirates.

    The Russian destroyer will stay at the port of Makassar in eastern Indonesia on May 25-27.

    Admiral Panteleyev took part in the international anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast in 2009.

    The warship seized a boat carrying 29 suspected pirates, believed to have been involved in an unsuccessful attack on a Russian-crewed oil tanker en route to Singapore.

    The destroyer also prevented a pirate attack on a cargo vessel while escorting a convoy of six merchant ships.

    MOSCOW/VLADIVOSTOK, May 16 (RIA Novosti)

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110516/164045298.html

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Austin on Tue May 31, 2011 5:59 am

    Russian Navy gunboats destroy mock enemy targets during exercise[/B]


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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:50 am

    Nice example of reusing old kit...

    That 76.2mm gun turret is a PT-76 turret.

    Lack of stabilisation would make it a poor choice for use at sea, but for a river boat it is fine for hitting targets on the water and on the shore.

    Plus spares and ammo are in stock, likely in large numbers as the gun is the same as that fitted to the T-34/76 I believe.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Pervius on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:39 am

    Russian naval commanders are smart.

    The island of Truk, now Chuuk had people traveling 12 hours across the ocean in a little canoe with a small motor to get out to one of their islands.

    Russian ships would travel thru those areas to help them, sometimes those poor people would get stranded out there in the middle of the ocean far from their islands. Whalla Russian Navy got Human Intel source.....maybe some of those Truk/Chuuk people are now on Guam? Maybe some of them are working right inside the Naval Base there?

    Lots of island people's have Russian coin in their pockets in the Pacific. I'm sure US knows who each one is because they Xray those peoples stuff when they fly around now. Russian coins that were handed out now has the US knowing who's been contacting Russians. Lots of people eh?

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:57 am

    Russian warship ends anti-piracy mission off Somali coast

    RIA Novosti

    16:21 13/09/2011

    MURMANSK, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian task force from the Northern Fleet led by the destroyer Severomorsk has concluded its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and set sail for its home base, the fleet's press service said on Tuesday.

    The task force, which includes a tanker and a rescue tugboat, arrived in the area on June 17 and has successfully escorted eleven convoys consisting of 38 commercial vessels from various countries along the shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

    "The ship [Severomorsk] has escorted its last convoy and is heading to the Mediterranean Sea," the press service said in a statement. "A task force from Russia's Pacific Fleet will soon arrive in the region to continue the mission."

    The Severomorsk will visit the Syrian port of Tartus and the Spanish exclave of Ceuta on the coast of North Africa on the way home. The ship is expected to arrive at the base in Severomorsk in mid-October.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Somali coast since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotating basis.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2011/russia-110913-rianovosti01.htm

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  runaway on Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:37 pm

    GarryB wrote:Nice example of reusing old kit...

    That 76.2mm gun turret is a PT-76 turret.

    Lack of stabilisation would make it a poor choice for use at sea, but for a river boat it is fine for hitting targets on the water and on the shore.

    Plus spares and ammo are in stock, likely in large numbers as the gun is the same as that fitted to the T-34/76 I believe.

    Yes i saw that, but i thought- What a piece of junk!
    In peacetime as threatening smugglers and illegal fishing alright, but in an armed conflict of any sort, its a worthless coffin.

    But i realise they cannot reequip with new ships everywhere all at once.
    They could at least not boast of having this junk left..

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:47 am

    Well actually I think the thing to keep in mind is that this is the Caspian flotilla, so the chance of this vessel coming up against a Sea Wolf or an AEGIS cruiser is zero.

    This boat is designed for operating in rivers and shallow parts of the northern Caspian Sea, for which unstabilised old 76.2mm guns are actually probably overkill, and easily more than enough to deal will illegal fishermen and smugglers.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  TheArmenian on Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:55 pm

    Think of this boat as army equipment rather than Navy. Something like a combined light tank and BM-21 MLRS operating close to shore. To keep them operational, it costs the Russians just fuel and the occasional paint job. No reason to retire or replace them.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:16 am

    To keep them operational, it costs the Russians just fuel and the occasional paint job. No reason to retire or replace them.

    Exactly... you could spend a lot of money on a bright shiny high tech replacement, but it wouldn't actually do a better job.

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    Post  runaway on Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:41 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    To keep them operational, it costs the Russians just fuel and the occasional paint job. No reason to retire or replace them.

    Exactly... you could spend a lot of money on a bright shiny high tech replacement, but it wouldn't actually do a better job.

    Yes, but in that case, are they really needed?

    Caspian flottila, arent they supposed to operate in the caspian sea?
    There you have Iranian patrolboats, as well as Kazahkstan and Azerbadjan.

    If they are only to operate in the rivers ok, but again, are they needed?


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    Post  GarryB on Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:20 am

    If they are only to operate in the rivers ok, but again, are they needed?

    If they were really expensive and super high tech it would probably be hard to justify them as they are just patrol boats.

    They also have larger higher tech vessels in the caspian sea flotilla too, but they have better armament like modern 57mm automatic cannon and missiles.

    This vessel is mainly for river use and is designed to operate in relatively shallow waters in the northern caspian and the river tributaries.

    As TheArmenian said, it is a highly mobile light tank and rocket artillery asset that combines high short range fire power with excellent mobility.

    It has more of a border patrol role and would not be used in a conflict.

    Poachers and smugglers and drug dealers however can sometimes have a surprising amount of fire power and this vessel has enough weapons to ensure superiority against most conceivable threats... anything too big and they can call in a larger vessel.

    BTW river vessels like these have a strong history with the Soviet and Russian Navy and were very effective in several battles during WWII. A bit like their armoured trains... forgotten by the west, but found to be useful enough to be worth keeping available.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  runaway on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:57 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    BTW river vessels like these have a strong history with the Soviet and Russian Navy and were very effective in several battles during WWII. A bit like their armoured trains... forgotten by the west, but found to be useful enough to be worth keeping available.

    Good point, and it makes sense, but dont tell me they have armoured trains in reserve.. that would be so supercool. And so WW1.... and WW2!

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  GarryB on Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:41 am

    In the far East they might... I remember seeing a video from the late 70s or early 80s showing the view from one end of a train that had several dozen carriages and on each carriage there was some sort of weapon mounting... machineguns, HMGs, most of them anti aircraft mounts, as well as cannon like ZU-23s and ZU-14.5s, quad mount 12.7mms, multiple 7.62mm calibre gun mounts as well as some flatbeds with actual tanks being carried, including from memory T-54/55s and T-62s and T-72s that had their turrets traversed to the side and firing.

    It was one hell of a hail storm of tracer and smoke.

    There are lots of places in the far east of Russia where there are no roads, but there is a rail line, so it makes sense for armoured and armed trains to be used... even just to patrol the rail line and protect transport trains from air power.

    I guess these day they could add missiles for air defence, and missiles for use against ground targets and probably rockets as well.

    I remember reading they used armoured trains during the many border disputes with China in the 60s and 70s, but actual details are hard to come by.

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    Post  runaway on Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:37 pm

    Wow, thats so cool!
    Guess i`m a sucker for Lokomotives..

    And they wouldnt be entirely useless, not against 3rd world countries.

    Now, how about Frances TGV`s. Imagine highspeed armoured trains...

    Well, back to the issue, i would think that 2nd and 3rd rate russian equipment would be enough to match many opponents. I tend to compare everything with west high tech.


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    Post  GarryB on Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:20 am

    I tend to compare everything with west high tech.

    A problem there is that when we see NATO forces go on interventions they aren't sending their entire forces... just the best equipped and best trained bits.

    This vessel looks a bit low tech, but it is basically a patrol boat for coastal and river patrol...

    Regarding trains people look at modern armoured forces and think it is all about tanks and APCs... but when there are no roads at all, but there is a rail line through the middle of the place then mobility and fire power and the ability to move forces rapidly from place to place suddenly make the train the best option in many cases.

    Many western experts turn up their noses at the Russians using horse back cavalry during WWII, but in some cases they were very very effective.

    The mobility and speed of a man on horseback is underestimated these days... as long as you don't go charging guys with machine guns it can be very effective even today in rough mountain terrain.

    These things don't need to be used against third world countries to be effective... another thing the west doesn't understand about the Soviets keeping all those old tanks... in a lower priority sector of a conflict a T-54 or T-55 with ERA and upgraded with laser range finders and fire control systems to improve hit probability means that even in WWIII such vehicles would be useful against enemy IFVs and other softer targets... for every tank on the battlefield there are 20-30 other vehicles supporting them with no where near the same level of armour, whose destruction would severely reduce the performance of the enemies tanks.

    Now, how about Frances TGV`s. Imagine highspeed armoured trains...

    Imagine a high speed armoured and armed nuclear powered train...

    http://rt.com/news/sci-tech/revolutionary-locomotive-russia-atomic/

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    Russian Pacific Fleet task force heads to Mariana Islands

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:41 pm

    Russian Pacific Fleet task force heads to Mariana Islands

    RIA Novosti

    07:52 01/10/2011

    VLADIVOSTOK, October 1 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Pacific Fleet task force led by the missile cruiser Varyag has completed its courtesy visit to the Japanese port of Maizuru and set sail for U.S. Mariana Islands, the fleet spokesman said on Saturday.

    The task force, which also includes the Irkut tanker and a salvage tugboat, will take part in the Pacific Eagle-2011 exercise with the U.S. Navy, Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

    After that, the ships will pay a friendly visit to the port of Vancouver in Canada. The task force is expected to return home in the beginning of December.

    The Varyag is a Slava class missile cruiser, designed as a surface strike ship with some anti-air and ASW capability. The sixteen SS-N-12 Sandbox nuclear-capable supersonic anti-ship missiles are mounted in four pairs on either side of the superstructure, giving the ship a distinctive appearance.

    NATO experts had dubbed Russian combat ships of this class "the killer of aircraft carriers," as they can launch 1,000 kg of high-explosives or a tactical nuclear warhead to a range of 300 miles.

    A task force led by Varyag, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, paid a friendly visit to the United States in June last year.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2011/russia-111001-rianovosti01.htm

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:27 pm






    Russian-U.S. naval anti-terror exercises begin in Pacific





    07:54 13/10/2011
    VLADIVOSTOK, October 13 (RIA Novosti)
    Tags: Varyag, Russian Pacific Fleet, U.S. Navy, Pacific Ocean, Mariana Islands



    The Russian and the United States navies began joint anti-terrorism exercises near the Mariana Islands on Thursday, a Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman said.

    The Russian task force is led by the Varyag guided missile cruiser and also includes the Irkut tanker and a salvage tugboat.

    "On Thursday, October 13, a Pacific Fleet task force completed its business visit to the Apra Harbor and along with the U.S. Navy task force headed to high seas for the Pacific Eagle-2011 joint exercise," Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

    On Thursday the U.S. and Russian ships will train joint maneuvering and exchange of light signals.

    "Early on October 14, the active phase of the exercise will begin. It will include numerous scenarios, including an operation to liberate a vessel seized by terrorists," Martov said.

    After the drills the Russian task force will pay a visit to Vancouver, Canada and return to Vladivostok in early December.

    The Varyag is a Slava class missile cruiser, designed as a surface strike ship with some anti-air and ASW capability. The sixteen SS-N-12 Sandbox nuclear-capable supersonic anti-ship missiles are mounted in four pairs on either side of the superstructure, giving the ship a distinctive appearance.

    NATO experts had dubbed Russian combat ships of this class "the killer of aircraft carriers," as they can launch 1,000 kg of high-explosives or a tactical nuclear warhead to a range of 300 miles.

    http://www.en.ria.ru/mlitary_news/20111013/167641543.html

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:53 pm


    Russian Black Sea fleet ship to take part in joint naval drills with Italy

    The Smetlivy anti-submarine ship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet will leave its home port of Sevastopol later on Sunday and head to the Mediterranean Sea to prepare for the Ioniex 2011 Russian-Italian naval exercise, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

    The drill will take place in early November, he said.

    The Ioniex exercise is held every two years as part of the cooperation program between the Russian and Italian navies.

    The Smetlivy, a Kashin class guided missile destroyer, was built in the 1960s and modernized in the mid-1990s. The ship is equipped with (SS-N-25 Switchblade, Harpoonski) short-range surface-to-surface cruise missiles and MNK-300 sonar.

    Russia’s rescue ship Epron will also be involved in the drill, the spokesman added.

    In 2010, the Ladny frigate and Shakhtyor rescue tug of the Black Sea Fleet participated in the Ioniex exercise.


    http://www.en.ria.ru/world/20111030/168256326.html

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:20 am

    Russian Strategic Subs to Resume Routine World Patrols

    ST. PETERSBURG, January 4 (RIA Novosti)

    Russian strategic nuclear submarines will resume routine extended patrols in international waters around the world in June 2012, Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said.

    “On June 1 or a bit later we will resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines,” Vysotsky said at a meeting with naval personnel on Friday.

    The annual number of extended patrols performed by Russian strategic nuclear submarines and nuclear-powered attack submarines has dropped from more than 230 in 1984 to less than 10 today.

    The Russian military believes, though, that the submarine fleet is still the backbone of the Russian Navy, and that it will continue to play an important deterrent role in the future.

    The Russian Navy has 12 nuclear-powered strategic submarines in service, including five Delta-III class, six Delta-IV class and a Typhoon class vessels. Two Typhoon class submarines, the Arkhangelsk and the Severstal, remain in reserve at a naval base in Severodvinsk in north Russia

    Russia has decided to suspend the planned disposal of strategic nuclear submarines currently in service with the Navy and plans to build eight new Borey class strategic submarines until 2020.

    The first Borey class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, may join Russia’s Pacific Fleet as early as in June this year.


    It does say that the Typhoons wont be scrapped early, but doesn't say they will be recommissioned as SSBNs either.

    I rather suspect the vessel used for Bulava testing will continue to be used for testing other things and the remaining two Typhoon/Akula class subs might be adapted to more exotic roles like research or cruise missile carriers like some of the Ohio subs.

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    Re: Russian Navy Drills and Operations

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:26 pm

    Russia to Join DANEX-2012 Naval Drills

    Warships of Russia’s Baltic Fleet will take part for the first time in large-scale international naval drills in the Baltic Sea in September 2012, a spokesman for the Western military district said on Monday.

    The DANEX/Northern Coasts-2012 exercises will be held off the Danish coast on September 1-12.

    “About 50 warships from 20 countries, including Russia, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Germany, will take part in the DANEX-2012 international naval drills in the Baltic Sea on September 1-12,” Capt. 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev said.

    “The drills will involve about 4,000 personnel,” he said.

    The goal of the exercises is to practice combat interoperability within a multinational naval task force in local conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

    A Russian military delegation will attend a planning conference for the DANEX drills in the Danish city of Jonstrup on March 13-16, the spokesman said.

    http://www.en.ria.ru/world/20120312/172115709.html

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    Post  coolieno99 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:51 am

    China and Russia will hold their first joint naval drills. In the past, the 2 countries have held joint military exercises together, but they were land based drills.

    Russian naval deputy chief of staff Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov announced on Sunday the official start of the joint exercise with the Chinese navy in Qingdao of East China's Shandong province.

    Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, delivered exercise tasks.

    The drill is scheduled to be held from Sunday to Friday in the Yellow Sea of the Pacific Ocean.

    A total of 16 vessels and two submarines from Chinese navy would participate the drill, including five missile destroyers, five missile frigates, four missile boats, a support vessel and hospital ship. Together with them are 13 aircrafts and five shipboard helicopters.

    More than 4,000 Chinese servicemen will attend the drill, said the navy sources.

    On Saturday, a Russian naval task force arrived at the naval base in Qingdao.

    The task force, four warships from Russian navy's Pacific Fleet and three supply ships, left their home port in Vladivostok on April 15.

    The Russian warships include the Pacific Fleet's flagship Varyag, a slava-class guided missile cruiser, Marshal Shaposhnikov, Admiral Panteleyev and Admiral Vinogradov, three Udaloy-class destroyers.

    According to China's Defense Ministry, the exercise will focus on joint maritime air defense, anti-submarine tactics, maritime search and rescue as well as joint effort to rescue hijacked vessels.

    The two navies will also deploy aircraft and special force units to conduct joint maritime anti-terror task in the exercise.

    Sukhanov said the exercise would be held within the framework of the "strategic partnership" agreed by the leaders of the both countries.

    The exercises will involve tests for the command-and-control, armaments, support and protection systems of the two navies, Sukhanov was quoted by Beijing-based People's Daily as saying.

    The navies will also conduct surface and underwater exercises and test combat systems interoperability, as well as the effectiveness of automated control systems, electronics and information warfare.

    "Participating naval forces will train in the prevention of armed conflicts in exclusive economic zones," he said.

    China and Russia have conducted four bilateral and multilateral military exercises since 2005 within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-04/22/content_15108571.htm



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