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Chinese and Russian warships cross Tsushima Strait, monitored by Japan

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-08-19


The photo released by the website of the Joint Staff Office of the Ministry of Defense of Japan shows that the guided-missile destroyer Shenyang was crossing the Tsushima Strait. Seven Chinese warships left the port of Qingdao on Saturday for the Sea of Japan where they will join Russian counterparts on a nine-day exercise.

The photo released by the website of the Joint Staff Office of the Ministry of Defense of Japan shows that the Russian taskforce to participate in the "Joint Sea-2015 (II)" China-Russia joint maritime exercise was crossing the Soya strait.

  BEIJING, August 19 (ChinaMil) -- Seven Chinese warships to participate in the "Joint Sea-2015 (II)" China-Russia joint maritime exercise formed a single column, passed the Tsushima Strait successively, and navigated towards Russia at the noon of August 17.

  Japan paid high attention to this, and sent ships and planes to tail and take photos of the Chinese and Russian warships which are en route to participate in the "Joint Sea-2015 (II)" China-Russia joint maritime exercise.

  A total of 20 warships of the Chinese and Russian Navies shuttled across the Tsushima Strait and Soya Strait respectively on August 17, 2015, claimed the website of the Joint Staff Office of the Ministry of Defense of Japan in its three announcements on the same day.

  The first announcement issued by the Joint Staff Office claimed that the P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft affiliated to the Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force (JMSF) detected ten Russian warships navigating northeastwardly in the waters about 190-230 kilometers southwest by west of the Soya Strait at about 11:30 on August 16, Beijing time.

  The ten warships were made up of two small guided-missile frigates, four missile corvettes, two tank landing ships, and two coastal minesweepers. Then the ten Russian warships crossed the Soya Strait and navigated eastward.

  The second announcement issued by the Joint Staff Office was still related to Russia, which claimed that the P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft affiliated to the JMSF and the ship affiliated to the No 43 Mine Sweeping Team confirmed that a total of three Russian warships were navigating northeastwardly in the waters about 11-170 kilometers southwest of the Tsushima Island, and then crossed the Tsushima Strait and went up north at about 16:10 on August 16, Beijing time.

  The three warships were made up of one guided-missile destroyer, one ocean-going tug and one comprehensive supply ship. The Ministry of Defense of Japan also confirmed that the three warships were the same warships that crossed the Tsushima Strait and navigated southward on February 5, 2015.

  The third announcement issued by the Joint Staff Office targeted China, which claimed that the Japanese P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft and the warship of the Sasebo local taskforce confirmed that a total of seven warships of the Chinese naval taskforce were navigating in the waters of northeast directions about 120-140 kilometers southwest of Tsushima Island, and then crossed the Tsushima Strait and went up north at about 07:00 on August 17, Beijing time.

  The seven warships were made up of two guided-missile destroyers, two guided-missile frigates, two dock landing ships, and one comprehensive supply ship.


Editor:Zhang Tao
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