Russia and China conduct first cooperative patrol in Pacific Ocean

15:36, 23 October 2021
Russia and China conduct first cooperative patrol in Pacific Ocean Photo: omen

The mission has been announced days after the countries terminated joint drills in the Sea of Japan.

Russian and Chinese vessels carried out the first joint patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday.

According to the Ministry’s statement, the patrol was held in the Western part of the Pacific. A total of ten warships participated in the mission.

Among the goals set by the countries, there were raising and displaying Russian and Chinese flags, maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as protecting spots necessary for maritime economic activities of the countries.

The group of ships sailed through the Tsugaru Strait separating the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. The waters of the strait are considered international.

They also participated in joint training and performed tactical maneuvering. The vessels traveled more than 1700 nautical miles (3150 km, 1950 miles) in the last seven days.

Russia was represented by warships Marshal Krylov, Admiral Tributs, Admiral Panteleyev, as well as corvettes Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov and Gromkiy.

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Russia and China held their annual joint drills on October 14-17. They aim at “strengthening the combat power of Russia and China to counter threats at sea together”.