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Russian, Chinese Navy ships practise escort of vessels at drills in Mediterranean

The drills will last till Sunday

MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. Russian and Chinese naval vessels have practised tasks of replenishing supplies in motion and escort of ships in the framework of the active phase of the Russian-Chinese naval exercises Maritime Cooperation-2015 in the Mediterranean, Russian navy spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said Tuesday.

"During daytime on May 19, as part of drills in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, a joint Russian-Chinese task force… fulfilled tasks to replenish stocks and transfer cargoes in motion, following parallel courses, and practiced an episode to escort vessels and ships," Dygalo told TASS.

He specified that the task force comprised the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship The Moskva missile-carrying cruiser, The Ladny patrol ship and two amphibious assault ships, The Alexander Otrakovsky and The Alexander Shabalin, the MB-31 salvage tug, The Samum missile-carrying hovercraft, as well as China’s two frigates: The Linyi and The Weifang, and the Weishanhu support ship.

The Maritime Cooperation 2015 drills’ active phase takes place in the Mediterranean Sea on May 17-21.