Pacific Fleet ships arrived in China for joint naval exercises

VLADIVOSTOK, April 21. Troop ships of the Pacific Fleet (PF), bound by a joint Russian-Chinese exercises "Sea interaction-2012" on Saturday arrived in the Chinese port of Qingdao.

Large-scale exercises "Sea interaction-2012" will be held from 22 to 29 April in the Yellow Sea. They will be attended by more than 20 ships and support vessels of Russia and China.

Detachment of Pacific Fleet in the large anti-submarine ships (BOD) "Marshal Shaposhnikov", "Admiral Vinogradov" and "Admiral Tributs" tanker "Pechenga" and two tugs led by the guided-missile cruiser "Varyag" on Saturday, moored in the Chinese port of Qingdao. Each of the ships of the receiving party met individually — welcoming ceremony was held at each of the piers — said the official.

He added that on Saturday, Pacific Fleet waiting for protocol meetings with the authorities, military authorities and the diplomatic corps. On Sunday, the Russian sailors will participate in the celebration of the Day of the Navy of China.

According to the plan the upcoming exercises included various scenarios of joint operations of the fleets of both countries as anti-piracy and anti-terrorist on topic. Ships in exercises at sea will restock jointly boost the danger area, attacking naval and air targets with various weapons, will assist the ship in distress.

In addition, the Russian and Chinese sailors, already have extensive navigation in the Gulf of Aden, where Somali pirates are operating, will demonstrate their skills in a joint action to escort vessels and the release of the captured ship.

In total, the Russian-Chinese naval exercises with the Russian side will participate three large anti-submarine ships ("Admiral Tributs", "Marshal Shaposhnikov" and "Admiral Vinogradov"), the tanker "Pechenga" and tugs "MB-37" and "SB- 522. " From the air, the ships closed down shipborne helicopters Ka-27, and for special operations unit will be involved in the Marine Corps Pacific Fleet. Lead the squad leader of the Pacific Fleet — the guided-missile cruiser "Varyag". The participation of a large number of anti-submarine ships of the Pacific Fleet in the exercise due to the fact that China has attracted the participation of submarines.

Teachings "Maritime cooperation-2012" held with the aim of strengthening and development of Russian-Chinese relations, strategic partnership and cooperation between the two countries and their armed forces.

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