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Three firsts in China-Russia joint maritime exercise

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

  BEIJING, August 20 (ChinaMil) -- According to the consensus reached by China and Russia, militaries of both countries will hold the joint maritime exercise codenamed Joint Sea-2015 (II) in the Peter the Great Gulf and the areas off the coast of the Clerk Cape, as well as in the airspace and waters of the Sea of Japan from August 20 to 28, 2015.

  The exercise is themed "joint protection of sea route and joint landing", and the Chinese and Russian navies will also carry out mutual ship tours and a range of cultural and sports exchanges when they pull in to shore.

  Altogether 23 vessels, 2 submarines, 15 fixed-wing aircraft, 8 carrier-borne helicopters, 400 marines and 30 amphibious equipment from both sides will participate in the exercise.

  Forces from the two countries will be arranged in five surface vessel tactical taskforces and four aviation tactical formations, either mixed or separate, to carry out the exercise. This is the fourth "Joint Sea" series of exercises jointly carried out by China and Russia. The Joint Sea-2015 fully demonstrate the high level of strategic mutual trust between the two militaries and are conducive to consolidating and developing the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and deepening the mil-to-mil pragmatic and friendly cooperation.

  The Joint Sea-2015 (II) joint maritime exercise has the following characteristics:

  It's the first time for the Joint Sea series to be carried out in phases.

  Chinese and Russian navies carried out the Joint Sea-2015 (I) in the Mediterranean in May this year. This 10-day exercise was the longest of the four China-Russia joint maritime exercise, which, combined with the upcoming 9-day Joint Sea-2015 (II), will create a record as the longest joint exercise between Chinese and foreign military forces. The Joint Sea series this year is carried out in the Mediterranean and the Sea of Japan for the first time. The vast area will deepen the two navies' understanding of different sea areas and conditions and enhance their capabilities in jointly protecting ocean-going sea routes.

  The Joint Sea series this year will not only carry out exercises on non-conventional security subjects such as joint escort and joint rescue of hijacked vessels, but also anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and other basic combat subjects. It will boost the participants' capabilities in jointly dealing with security threats at sea and promote regional peace and stability.

  Chinese and Russian militaries will conduct joint landing operation for the first time.

  Like anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-vessel subjects, landing operation is also a basic combat training subject frequently conducted by the navies of most big countries and a basic combat capability for them.

  Unlike the so-called "island occupation" exercises that some countries have carried out over long years targeting another country as an imaginary enemy, the Chinese and Russian navies this time is to exercise the organizational and commanding procedures and basic tactics in landing operation. It doesn't have an imaginary enemy or any specific target.

  Surface vessels, amphibious landing force and fixed-wing aircraft of the Chinese Navy will participate in overseas joint exercise together for the first time.

  Five fixed-wing aircraft of the PLA Air Force will take off from a Chinese airport and arrive at the exercise area through Russia's sea and airspace for the first time. This fully demonstrates the high level of strategic mutual trust between China and Russia and their militaries, and faithfully reflects the characteristics of joint operation in future local warfare at sea, namely, while naval forces will play the leading role in the future sea battlefield, other services and arms will also play an important part.

  Organized and implemented according to the annual plan of military exchange between China and Russia, this joint maritime exercise consists with international law and practices.

  It is hoped that certain country will respect the freedom of navigation and over flight enjoyed by Chinese and Russian vessels and aircraft according to international law, and will not assign vessels and aircraft to carry out close-in reconnaissance and harassment on the China-Russia joint maritime exercise.

Editor:Zhang Tao
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