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Russia, China launch ‘unprecedented’ joint naval drills

Iran Press TV

Aug 20, 2015 3:20PM

Russian and Chinese navies have started their largest-ever joint military exercises in the Pacific with dozens of vessels and featuring anti-submarine operations.

The exercises, dubbed “Joint Sea 2015 II” and described as "unprecedented," started on Thursday and will run up to August 28 in the Sea of Japan and off the coast of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.

A total of 22 warships, 20 aircraft, over 500 marine infantry personnel and 40 armored equipment are involved in the drills.

Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov, deputy commander of the Russian Navy, said seven Chinese vessels including the Shenyang destroyer are participating in the exercises.

Another Russian military official said the exercises will not be directed against any specific country.

"The major goals of the exercises will be to train and improve the organization of joint actions in the sea, on land and in the air," Eastern Military District spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

"The exercises will culminate in joint amphibious and airborne landing at the firing range at Cape Klerk in the southern Primorye Territory [in Russia’s Far East]. The joint landing of the Russian and Chinese marine corps on the Russian territory will be conducted for the first time," Martov said.

The defensive nature of these maneuvers is in line with China's defense policy, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said, adding that growing military ties between Russia and China have irritated some sensitive nerves, especially in Washington.

Compared to many other war games staged in the Asia-Pacific region, the Joint Sea exercises focus on emergency response under multiple circumstances, instead of simulating an offensive against a third party, Xinhua said.

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