Russia, China to hold largest-ever joint naval exercise – second one this year

Russia, China to hold largest-ever joint naval exercise – second one this year
Russian, Chinese sailors huddle on the bridge of a Chinese warship in the Med in 2014. (Image: Chinese Defense Ministry via

[Ed. – Well.  At least Obama has restored our good relations with these folks.  Just imagine what we’d have to worry about if he hadn’t.]

The Chinese and Russian navies are gearing up for their largest ever joint exercises, slated to begin Thursday in the Pacific with more than 20 ships from the two nations and to feature anti-submarine operations as well as a joint-beach landing.

The exercises, dubbed “Joint Sea 2015 II” will run through Aug. 28 in the Sea of Japan and off the coast of Vladivostok, the Russian port city situated roughly 100 miles north of the Chinese and Russian borders with North Korea. …

[T]he exercises will be the second joint drills between Russia and China in less than a year, following the first “Joint Sea 2015,” which played out in the Mediterranean in April. …

As part of the lead up to this week’s action, Chinese frigates made their first ever visit to the Russian Novorossiysk naval base in the Black Sea, according to a report by USNI, which noted how Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said late last year that the U.S. was a factor motivating increased China-Russia military training. …

The drills will take place in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and the Sea of Japan, according to Xinhua, which cited an unnamed “source close to the operation” as saying the two nations will simulate anti-submarine combat and air defense and other relevant missions, including the joint beach landing of troops.

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