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Establishing joint defense system focused on China-Russia drills

04-26-2012 08:18 BJT

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In the Yellow Sea, today's the fourth day of the Chinese and Russian joint naval drills. It's been the busiest day so far, with numerous missions in the air and sea.

It's another day of tough drills for both countries' elite naval forces, and today's schedule is the busiest. Topping the agenda are joint air defense, anti-submarine, search and rescue and resupply exercises.

Topping the agenda of April 25th are joint air defense, anti-submarine, search and
rescue and resupply exercises.

8 aircraft have been deployed to join a surface ship fleet - forming a comprehensive air defense system. But long before the day's drills began, the men & women here had been working hard to get all the details right.

All this wouldn't be possible without a well-coordinated command center. Their efforts are being aided by a real-time monitor that gives them a direct view of all that is going on in the sea. And the joint command center is composed of both Chinese and Russian naval officers.

Topping the agenda of April 25th are joint air defense, anti-submarine, search and
rescue and resupply exercises.

Tian Zhong, Command Center operator, said, "Today's joint drills focus on establishing a joint defense system, for which we have conducted joint air defense, anti-submarine, joint resupply, search and rescue, and maritime search & destroy missions. The joint command center is functioning well and the drills have proceeded as planned."

More than 4-thousand Chinese servicemen, 16 vessels and two submarines are taking part in the drills. They are joined by a Russian task force consisting of four warships from the country's Pacific fleet and three supply ships. These exercises are meant to deepen the partnership between China and Russia, and build ties between the two countries' militaries.

Topping the agenda of April 25th are joint air defense, anti-submarine, search and
rescue and resupply exercises.

Topping the agenda of April 25th are joint air defense, anti-submarine, search and
rescue and resupply exercises.

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Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship Varyag, a Slava-class guided missile cruiser,
arrives at a naval base in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 21, 2012.
A China-Russia joint maritime drill is scheduled to take place from April 22 to 27
on the Yellow Sea. A welcome ceremony was held by China’s Beihai Fleet at the naval
base on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Highlights of China-Russia joint naval drill

Day 1(April 22):

China and Russia hold starting ceremony of the joint naval exercise

Russian naval deputy chief of staff, Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov announced the official start, and Ding Yiping, Deputy Commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, delivered exercise tasks. Full story >>

Day 2(April 23):

China's navy marks 63rd anniv. amid drills with Russia

Russian naval deputy chief of staff, Rear Admiral Leonid Suk-hanov ordered the Russian vessels to raise the Chinese national flag in honor of the anniversary. Various other activities were also held to celebrate the event. Two countries’ special forces to give a joint display on Monday afternoon. Full story >>

Day 3(April 24):

Chinese, Russian navies begin live-fire drills, focusing on air defense and anti-submarine tactics

It is the third day of the Chinese and Russian joint naval drill. The navies have now begun live-fire exercises. Over the next two days, they'll practice air defense and anti-submarine tactics, search and rescue operations and anti-piracy missions. More than 4-thousand Chinese servicemen, 16 vessels and two submarines are taking part in the drill. Full Story>>

Day 4(April 25):

China-Russia live-dire dirlls enter 2nd day, focusing on sea defense and maritime route protection

Live-fire drills by China & Russia have entered their second day. The second stage of the live-fire drill focuses on building up a sea defense system. The exercises include sea and air defense, sea supply, anti-submarine and search and rescue drills. The third stage of the exercises focuses on maritime traffic route protection.

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Backgrounder of this joint naval drill

Time and place:

China and Russia began their first ever joint naval exercises on April 22. The war games are taking place in the Yellow Sea and are scheduled to run until April 27. Full story >>

Deployment:

China has deployed 16 ships and two submarines for the drill. This includes five missile destroyers, five missile frigates, four missile boats, a support vessel and a hospital ship. They’ll be accompanied by 13 aircraft and five shipboard helicopters.

The Russian contingent, four warships from their Pacific Fleet plus three supply ships, left their home port in Vladivostok on April 15. The Russian warships include the Pacific Fleet's flagship Varyag, a slava-class guided missile cruiser, and Marshal Shaposhnikov, Admiral Panteleyev and Admiral Vinogradov, three Udaloy-class destroyers. Full story >>

Focus:

The exercise will focus on joint maritime air defence and defence of marine traffic arteries, including subjects of joint escort, maritime search and rescue, anti-submarine tactics and joint efforts to rescue hijacked vessels. Full story >>

Aim:

This drill is aimed at upholding regional peace, building ties between militaries and growing cooperation in international affairs. Full story >>

Analysis:

This drill brings a deeper level communication in terms of strategy. It is far beyond the military-diplomacy category. Taking the subject of joint anti-submarine tactics for example, it is only ever carried out between countries with very close military ties, as it implies the highest level of confidentiality. Full story >>

 

History of Sino-Russian joint military exercises

Peace Mission 2005

Time and place: August 19 to 25, East China’s Shandong Province

Deployment: 8, 000 Chinese troops and 2, 000 Russian soldiers

Focus: Combining land, sea and air forces to simulate an intervention in a state besieged by terrorists or political turmoil

Peace Mission 2007

Time and place: August 9 to 17, Russia

Deployment: 3, 000 personnel from almost all members of the SCO

Focus: Large-scale counter-terrorism exercise

Peace Mission 2009

Time and place: July 22 to 27, northeast China’s Shenyang Military Area Command

Aim: Enhance the capability of the two countries facing new challenges and threats in anti-terrorism operations.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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