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China, Russia may conduct second joint naval patrol

ByJanice K. Merrill

Sep 5, 2022

According to public information, on Saturday afternoon, China’s tactical naval flotilla participating in Russia’s Vostok-2022 exercise conducted a joint exercise with Russian warships in the Sea of ​​Japan on topics including formation navigation and the sweeping of floating mines. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy participated in the exercise with a flotilla of warships consisting of the Type 055 large destroyer Nanchang, the Type 054A missile frigate Yancheng and the Type 903A comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu .

The Nanchangs, Yanchengs and Dongpinghus have all previously cooperated with the Russian Navy. In 2014, the Yancheng and Russian ships participated in the joint escort of Syrian chemical weapons shipments, while the Nanchang and the Dongpinghu took part in the China-Russia Sea-2021 joint military exercise.

Chinese and Russian ships will likely carry out another joint maritime patrol after the Vostok-2022 exercise, as they did in 2021, experts told the Global Times.

After the joint China-Russia Sea-2021 military exercise, the Chinese and Russian navies formed joint formation and conducted their first joint naval patrol in October 2021. During the seven-day cruise, a combined flotilla of warships conducted exercises in joint navigation, joint maneuvers and the use of live fire weapons as the ships transited the Sea of ​​Japan, the Western Pacific and the East China Sea.

The ongoing Vostok-2022 maneuvers see the participation of Algeria, India, Belarus, Tajikistan and Mongolia, among other countries, from September 1-7. It involves more than 50,000 military personnel, more than 5,000 weapons and military equipment, including 140 aircraft, 60 warships, boats and support vessels, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.