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Russian battleships in Shanghai for joint naval drills

Published time: May 19, 2014 13:50
Russian anti-surface destroyer Bystry arrives at a port ahead of the "Joint Sea-2014" naval drill, in Shanghai, May 18, 2014.(Reuters / China Daily)

Russian anti-surface destroyer Bystry arrives at a port ahead of the "Joint Sea-2014" naval drill, in Shanghai, May 18, 2014.(Reuters / China Daily)

A squadron of Russia’s Navy Pacific Fleet has arrived in Shanghai to participate in joint Russian-Chinese naval training dubbed ‘Joint Sea-2014’. The drills in the northern part of the East China Sea start on Tuesday and will go on until May 26.

The Russian squadron consists of six battleships and support vessels: the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, missile cruiser Varyag, anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, large landing ship Admiral Nevelskoy, anti-surface destroyer Bystry, tanker Ilim and ocean tug Kalar.

Chinese sailors stand in formation in front of national flags of Russia (L) and China, as they get ready for a welcoming ceremony for Russian naval vessels ahead of the "Joint Sea-2014" naval drill, at a port in Shanghai, May 18, 2014.(Reuters / China Daily)

The Chinese Navy will be represented in the naval drills with six battleships.

All in all, during the active phase of the drills set for May 22-25, the maneuvers involve 14 ships, two submarines, nine warplanes, six shipboard helicopters and two operational detachments of marines from both sides.

All ships taking part in the training exercise are moored at the Usun naval military base in Shanghai.

A delegation of Russian Navy officers has already joined their Chinese colleagues to compare notes on the plan of the drills.

Chinese Vice Admiral Tian Zhong revealed to journalists that the major difference of the starting drills will be the increased difficulty of joint operations of battleships on both sides.

Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Panteleyev (R) arrives at a port ahead of the "Joint Sea-2014" naval drill, in Shanghai, May 18, 2014.(Reuters / China Daily)

For the first time, Russian and Chinese sailors will operate within a mixed group of battleship from the two counties, holding joint missile and artillery strikes against sea targets at different ranges and performing anti-submarine activities.

“Accumulated experience of interaction will allow us to increase the possibility of conducting joint actions of the two fleets to perform a wide range of tasks,” the top brass Chinese naval officer said.

Tian Zhong (R), deputy commander of the Chinese Navy and Alexander Fedotenkov, deputy commander-in-chief of Russian Navy, attend a news conference as directors of the upcoming "Joint Sea-2014" naval drill, at a port in Shanghai, May 18, 2014.(Reuters / China Daily)

The crews of the Russian and Chinese warships made courtesy visits on board each other’s battleships to learn more about military hardware and service conditions.

Chinese officers will be given a formal reception on the Russian flagship, the Varyag, on Monday evening.
Russian sailors not taking part in preparations have been taken ashore for excursions organized by their Chinese hosts.

Russian sailors (L) salute to Chinese sailors as they visit Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag ahead of the "Joint Sea-2014" naval drill, at a port in Shanghai, May 19, 2014.(Reuters / China Daily)