China and Russian started a joint naval exercise on Sunday in China's Yellow Sea of the Pacific Ocean, Xinhua reported.
Russian naval Deputy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov, in the Chinese port city of Qingdao, announced the official start. Ding Yiping, Deputy Commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, delivered the exercise tasks. The war game is scheduled to be held from April 22 to 27.
A total of 16 surface vessels from the Chinese navy -- five missile destroyers, five missile frigates, four missile boats, a support vessel and a hospital ship -- will be taking part in the drill, along with two submarines. Together with them, are 13 aircraft and five shipboard helicopters.
Russia has sent the Pacific Fleet's flagship Varyag, a slava-class guided missile cruiser, and Marshal Shaposhnikov, Admiral Panteleyev and Admiral Vinogradov, three Udaloy-class destroyers to the joint exercise.
According to China's Defense Ministry, the exercise will focus on joint maritime air defense, anti-submarine tactics, maritime search and rescue as well as a joint effort to rescue hijacked vessels. The two navies will also deploy aircraft and special force units to conduct joint maritime anti-terror task in the exercise.
(China.org.cn, CNTV April 23, 2012)