The Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills which became the biggest in the history of relations between the fleets of the two countries ended.
Russian and Chinese sailors at the start of the boat race in joint naval exercises in Vladivostok.
The Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills which became the biggest in the history of relations between the fleets of the two countries ended, spokesman of the Russian Pacific Fleet Captain First Rank Roman Martov told Interfax.
"On Friday, chiefs from the Chinese and Russian sides at the united headquarters of the command of the naval drills declared the end of the Joint Sea-2015 (II) exercises. Russian Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov and Chinese Rear Admiral Wang Hai noted the high level of exercises and interaction on the ground, air and sea," Martov said, noting that naval sailors of the two countries had acquired priceless experience of joint work.
On Friday, the Chinese naval squadron will head for their homeland shores.
"The command of the drills were set out in the sea on board the Varyag guards missile-carrying cruiser, a flagship of the Pacific Fleet. In the near future a parade of ships, including the participants of the drills and a farewell ceremony, will be staged in the Peter the Great Bay," Martov said.
The events are being held before the 70th anniversary of the end to WWII, he said.
During the parade all the warships will sail in a column lead by the Varyag cruiser, then a farewell ceremony will be held in the sea and the Chinese naval sailors will sail back to their homeland.
It was reported that during practical actions in the sea and on the coast naval sailors of the two countries drilled joint maneuvers, anti-sabotage, anti-submarine, air defense and anti-ship defense from August 23 to 27. The highlight of the war games was a joint marine and airborne landing at the Klerk firing range on the southern Primorye territory which was held in Russia for the first time.
A total of 22 warships and support vessels, 15 aircraft and helicopters, two unmanned aerial vehicles, and more than 500 marines and 40 units of military hardware were involved in the naval exercises.
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