Russia and China take part in first joint naval patrol

The Russian and Chinese navy conducted their first joint patrol in the western Pacific Ocean for the first time on Saturday, state media reported. The joint patrol, on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 90th birthday,…

Russia and China take part in first joint naval patrol

The Russian and Chinese navy conducted their first joint patrol in the western Pacific Ocean for the first time on Saturday, state media reported.

The joint patrol, on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 90th birthday, involved more than 200 personnel, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

The Russian press arm reports that the three frigates and two submarines, as well as 10 battleships and warships, joined in the international operation as a Russian cruiser and escort vessel took part in a separate search and rescue operation in the Philippine Sea.

Alexander Fomin, deputy commander of the Northern Fleet, told reporters on Saturday that the joint patrol would continue for two more days.

The Russians say the naval operation was part of moves to encourage the Chinese to join with Russia in establishing their own presence in the Western Pacific.

Russia recently completed a similar manoeuvring exercise with the American navy in the Arctic.

The Russians, who have been stepping up military presence in the Asia-Pacific region to counter its rival the United States, say China is not ready to join such operations themselves.

The BBC reports that the new Chinese navy could have only one or two frigates that could be ready to take part in such operations as it lacks the expertise and equipment for such a mission.

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