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Russian, Chinese ships to hold live fire training

July 10, 2013, 8:36 UTC+3

The servicemen will do this excercise, as well as a rescue operation on the last day of Naval Interaction 2013 drill

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VLADIVOSTOK, July 10 (Itar-Tass) - Russian and Chinese servicemen will shot at surface and air targets during a live firing exercise and will master a rescue operation for a ship in distress on the last day of the joint naval drills dubbed Naval Interaction 2013.

The drills began in the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on Monday.

The exercise involves 20 ships, over 10 planes and helicopters, the press service of the Pacific Fleet said.

The Chinese naval squadron includes destroyers Shenya, Shijiazhuang, Wuhan, and Langzhou, frigates Yantai and Yancheng, as well as the supply vessel Hongzhu.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet squadron consists of the Varyag missile cruiser, the Adrmiral Vinogradov and the Marshal Shaposhnikov large submarine chasers, the Bystry destroyer, several missile boats, small submarine chasers and supply vessels.

On Tuesday the two countries’ ships practiced to free a ship hijacked by pirates. They also trained how to make a forced crossing of a zone with imaginary enemy’s submarines and repel air attacks.

After the drills the two countries’ fleets will conduct a parade of ships. After this the Chinese squadron will sail to Vladivostok, where it will stay for two more days.

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