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The Russian and Chinese armies completed a week of joint naval exercises, during which the two sides practiced anti-submarine maneuvers, search and rescue operations and communication drills in the East China Sea.

The “Maritime Interaction 2022” exercise has ended after seven days of exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday, noting that warships “jointly searched for a submarine of a conditional enemy and fired a salvo of jet depth charges” with the support of “anti-submarine aviation”.

“Naval Task Forces of the [Russian] The Pacific Fleet and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy have completed their tasks for the bilateral exercise…in the East China Sea,” he added. he said in a statement.

Footage released by the ministry shows some of the exercises taking place, with Russian sailors seen speaking to their Chinese counterparts in Mandarin over the radio, while a number of naval guns and other weapons platforms were were filmed in action.

In addition to simulating the destruction of an enemy submarine with rocket-propelled depth charges, the exercises included “an operation to free a seized vessel” as well as rescue and communication missions, continues the ministry. Earlier reports in Chinese media also said the maneuvers would have a “deterrent effect on [the] Simultaneous suppression of China and Russia by the United States.

According to Chinese newspaper Xinhua News, the drills were held in waters near the coastal cities of Zhoushan and Taizhou – closer to Taiwan than previous iterations of the annual drills.

The Russian naval group was led by the missile cruiser Varyag, flagship of the Pacific Fleet, supported by two corvettes and a frigate, while the Chinese part was led by the destroyer Jinan.

Beijing and Moscow have conducted several rounds of exercises together this year, including flights involving nuclear-capable bombers during US President Joe Biden’s visit to Japan, as well as bomber patrols over the Sea of ​​Japan and from the East China Sea last month. The two countries have held joint naval exercises since 2005 under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security bloc, and the “Maritime Interaction” exercise has been held every year for 10 years.

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