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Chinese naval ships head to Russian Vladivostok for joint exercise

August 20, 2015, 2:18 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK
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VLADIVOSTOK, August 20. /TASS/. Seven Chinese naval ships led by Shenyang destroyer will arrive on Thursday at the Russian Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok, where the Chinese and Russian navies are gearing up for the second phase of a joint with Russia naval exercise Joint Sea 2015, a spokesman for the Eastern Military District told Tass.

More than 20 naval ships of the two countries will be involved in the exercise off the coast of Vladivostok that will run through August 27.

"This is the eighth visit of Chinese naval ships to Vladivostok in contemporary history of relations between Russia and China," Roman Martov said.

Prior to this visit, Chinese naval ships called at Vladivostok in 2013, he said. In May 2014, a large-scale naval exercise Joint Sea 2014 was held in the East China Sea, in which six Pacific Fleet ships took part, he said.

Martov said the first day in Vladivostok will be devoted to protocol visits to the city administration and the headquarters of the Pacific Feet.

August 21 will see a ceremony launching the exercises, and on August 24 the ships will take to the sea.

A parade of the naval ships in Peter the Great Gulf will be held after the exercise, on August 28.

The first phase of the exercise in the Mediterranean involved ten Russian and Chinese ships, including the guided missile cruiser The Moskva. The purpose was to practice joint operations to maintain the safety of shipping in the world ocean and enhance practical interaction between the two countries.

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