Chinese fleets depart for Sino-Malaysian joint naval drills
People's Daily Online
(Xinhua) 13:26, September 13, 2015
Chinese navy fleets on Saturday left a port in Sanya in south China's Hainan Province for a military exercise jointly held by China and Malaysia.
The drill, coded 'Peace and Friendship 2015,' is scheduled to be held from September 17 to 22 in the Malacca Strait and surrounding waters.
It will include exercises for joint escort, joint search and rescue, hijacked vessel rescue, weapons use, humanitarian rescue and disaster relief.
It will be the first joint drill between the two armed forces and the largest bilateral military exercise between China and a country from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
A joint command post will be set up by the two sides to coordinate air, land and sea forces.
Armaments to be displayed by China will include a missile destroyer, a missile frigate, a hospital ship, four transportation planes and three helicopters.
'The military drill aims to deepen the China-Malaysia all-round strategic partnership, enhance bilateral military exchanges, improve ability to address security threats and jointly safeguard regional maritime security,' said Hu Weihua, who commands the Chinese navy fleets.
It does not target a third party and is not related to the regional situation, Hu said.
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