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China, Russia start joint military exercise at Japan Sea

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-08-20

  BEIJING, August 20 (ChinaMil) -- The China-Russia joint military exercise codenamed "Joint Sea - 2015 (II)" will be held in the waters of the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and sea area and aerial space of the Sea of Japan from August 20 to 28, 2015, according the consensus of the two countries.

  This is the first time for the PLA Navy to conduct military activities in the sea area and aerial space of the Sea of Japan.

  Such subjects as joint air-defense, joint anti-submarine, joint anti-ship, joint defense and so on will be conducted during the exercise. In addition, joint landing drill will also be conducted.

  China sends large-scale troops to participate in the exercise

  The exercise will cover large sea areas and aerial space, and the fixed-wing aircraft from China will participate in the exercise for the first time.

  The Chinese aerial detachment for the exercise consists of the troops from the air forces of the PLA Shenyang Military Area Command (MAC) and the Nanjing MAC. All their participating aircraft are such China-made new-type warplanes as J-10 fighters and Flying Leopard fighters, according to sources.

  The total participating forces from the Chinese and Russian sides include 23 surface warships of various types, 2 submarines, 15 fixed-wing aircraft, 8 ship-borne helicopters, 400 members of Marine Corps and 30 amphibious equipment.

  The forces from the two sides will carry out the exercise in 5 surface warship tactical groups and 4 aviation force tactical groups in the forms of mixed and separate grouping.

  The Chinese side’s participating force consists of 7 surface warships, 6 ship-borne helicopters, 5 fixed-wing aircraft and 200 members of Marine Corps and 21 amphibious equipment.

  The Chinese side’s 7 participating surface warships are guided-missile destroyers Shenyang and Taizhou, guided-missile frigates Linyi and Hengyang, dock landing ships Changbaishan and Yunwushan, and comprehensive supply ship Taihu, which are main warships from the PLA Navy’s three fleets, namely the North China Sea Fleet, the East China Sea Fleet and the South China Sea Fleet respectively.

  Why do China and Russia frequently hold joint military exercises?

  The Chinese and Russian navies have held a total of 5 joint maritime military exercises since their first one in 2005. This exercise is the second time for the Chinese and Russian navies to hold the joint exercises in 2015.

  Senior Colonel Zhang Junshe, a researcher with the Navy Military Academic Research Institute under the PLA Navy, said in a media interview that the China-Russia “Joint Sea” series of military exercises have already become institutionalized since 2012.

  Zhang held that the institutionalized degree for the joint military exercises between China and Russia is higher than those between China and other countries, reflecting the higher mutual trust between the Chinese and Russian militaries.

  One of the more prominent characteristics of the China-Russia joint naval exercises is that the exercises are increasingly close to the realistic war conditions, Zhang continued. As for the exercise subjects, the joint maritime defense is still the main goal to jointly safeguard the maritime routes’ safety, and in addition, the anti-submarine, landing and other traditional naval training subjects are also included, “because these are the basic combat capabilities for the navies of great powers,” Zhang explained.

Editor:Zhang Tao
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