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Russia, China launch naval exercise in Mediterranean Sea
Jan 27, 2014

The first joint military operation in the world ocean between Russia and China has begun in the Mediterranean Sea far away from their territorial waters.

The Russian and Chinese warships will perform joint manoeuvring, in the course of which the Russian cruiser will set up a smokescreen and ship-borne helicopters of the two vessels will practise landing on each other’s deck. The warships will also conduct air-defence training, using their helicopters as mock targets. The joint naval drill involves Russia’s heavy nuclear missile cruiser Peter the Great and Chinese frigate Yancheng.

The main purpose of the drill is to enhance the interoperability of Russian and Chinese combat ships for joint operation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Russia and China in the past had held their largest joint naval war in the Sea of Japan, in which a total of 23 warships took part. 


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