Warships from Russia Join China Fleet for Exercises

News Release
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Guided Missile Cruiser 'Varyag': Photo credit Rianovosti (Vitally Ankov)

Four Russian Pacific Fleet warships leave for Chinese waters

Four Russian warships from the Pacific Fleet, as well as support vessels, warplanes, helicopters and naval infantry, have left Vladivostok for a joint exercise with Chinese naval forces, a spokesman for the fleet said.

The Russian Navy will be represented by the guided missile cruiser Varyag, and three large antisubmarine ships in an exercise that is to take place in the Yellow Sea.

In all, more than 20 Russian and Chinese warships and support vessels will participate.

Since 2005, China and Russia have conducted several joint military exercises within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. 

The group also includes the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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