BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese Navy is taking part in its biggest ever joint military exercises with a foreign partner. Seven Chinese naval vessels docked at a Russian port on Friday ready to begin the China-Russia Joint Sea 2013 naval drill. The drills will last from July 5th to 12th.
The best of the best from the Chinese navy are now in Russia readying for China’s largest-ever international joint drills.
Four top of the line Chinese destroyers, along with two frigates and a supply ship arrived at Peter the Great Gulf outside Far East Russia’s city of Vladivostok.
Russia is expected to dispatch 11 vessels, including the Pacific Fleet’s flagship Varyag.
This is the Chinese Navy’s largest presence in a joint military exercise conducted outside of China’s maritime territory. China has deployed some of its most advanced missile destroyers including the Shenyang and Shijiazhuang. The two countries will also conduct a joint anti-submarine exercise. All pointing to, experts say, a growing trust between the two militaries.
Even before the drills began, they attracted interest from international media. In response to questions about the real purpose of the drills, both sides emphasized that the drills are not directed against any third party.
China and Russia conducted naval drills for the first time last year.
But, the two have held joint military exercises since 2005 under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
The drills are meant to strengthen cooperation between the two militaries and enhance their capability in coordinating military operations for safeguarding regional security and stability.