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Six highlights of China-Russia maritime joint exercise

(China Military Online)

08:09, July 08, 2013

BEIJING, July 5 (ChinaMil) -- The warships of the taskforce under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) to participate in the China-Russia "Maritime Joint Exercise 2013" arrived at the open waters off the Port of Vladivostok - Peter the Great Gulf, on July 4, 2013 after three days of continuous voyage. What can we expect from this exercise? With this question, our reporters interviewed Yang Junfei, commander of the taskforce for this exercise and deputy commander of the North China Sea Fleet of the PLAN.

Highlight 1: Chinese participating force comes from two fleets

According to Yang Junfei, among all of its oversea maritime joint exercises with foreign navies, this exercise is the one in which the PLAN sends the most of its troops to participate. The troops for this exercise, including 7 vessels, 3 ship-borne helicopters and 1 special operation unit, come from two fleets of the PLAN, namely the North China Sea Fleet and the South China Sea Fleet.

Highlight 2: The taskforce is far from home and in the absence of support system

The "Maritime Joint Exercise 2013" is the first of its kind for the Chinese PLAN to send large vessel taskforce for oversea joint exercise far away from naval base and without support system. "This is a big challenge for the PLA Navy," said Yang Junfei.

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