A detachment of six Chinese warships and one auxiliary vessel arrived in Vladivostok last Friday. Russian military sailors cordially welcomed the guests with an extensive cultural and sports program. Over the past weekend, the Chinese Navy has been able to explore the sights of the Far Eastern city and participate in several sports competitions, from friendly football matches to traditional navy tug of war. At the end of all these activities, on Monday morning, two dozen ships from the Pacific Fleet of Russia and the Fleet of the North Sea of China left for the designated area, where the main events of the maneuvers took place.
During the exercises, Russian and Chinese ships had to perform a large number of combat training tasks. So, on the second day of the exercises alone, the naval group had to use a wide range of weapons. Chinese and Russian ships attacked surface training targets with large-caliber artillery mounts. Then the Su-24 bombers, imitating Aviation the enemy, carried out a conditional attack of ships using guided weapons. Aerial targets used to simulate anti-ship ammunition were destroyed by naval anti-aircraft artillery. In particular, Pacific Fleet sailors used AK-630 artillery mounts. Finally, the shooting culminated in an attack by a submarine threatening a naval formation. The conditional enemy was fired from a jet bomb.
It should be noted that the training program included tasks not only for seafarers-gunners. For example, during the training operation to free a vessel captured by pirates, the main work fell on the shoulders of the Russian marines. Ships and helicopters found a hijacked ship in a given square and reconnoitered the situation. After that, the inspection team boats went to the vessel. The Russian marines have repeatedly had to disembark on ships seized by pirates and free them. Thanks to this, the Russian fighters were able to share their experience with their Chinese colleagues. In addition, during the exercises, the sailors of the two countries trained to find and rescue shipwrecked, extinguish fires on ships, etc. It also reported on the training of divers, during which they improved their anti-sabotage skills. In this case, the details of this part of the exercises, for obvious reasons, were not disclosed.
The latest event in the framework of international naval maneuvers was the passage of ships in the parade. The parade was received by the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral V. Chirkov, who was aboard the flagship of the Pacific Fleet of the Varyag guards missile cruiser. After the parade, all the ships that took part in the exercises went back to the port of Vladivostok.
The official representative of the Pacific Fleet, Captain 1 of the rank R. Martov, said that all the planned activities, according to the leaders of the exercise, were completed in full and with good quality. More detailed information on the results of the international maritime maneuvers “2013” has not yet been announced. The fact is that the next day after the end of the events themselves, on July 11, a meeting of the joint exercise headquarters was scheduled, which included representatives of the command of the Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy. It was at this event that the commanders of the two fleets had to discuss the specifics of the past exercises and draw the appropriate conclusions.
Unfortunately, the information on the results of the discussion of the maneuvers has not yet been announced, and therefore one has to be content with only general formulations published by the press service of the fleet. Such informational support of international studies turns out to be a good ground for all sorts of speculations. Thus, bold assumptions have already appeared in the foreign press, according to which Russia and China not only conducted joint exercises, but are preparing to form a military coalition. Nevertheless, official statements on this score refute all such rumors. Even before the start of the exercise, the commanders of the Russian and Chinese fleets spoke about the goals of the planned activities. Thus, according to Deputy Chief of Staff of the Russian Navy, Vice Admiral L. Sukhanov, the main objective of the Sea Interaction-2013 exercises is to strengthen cooperation between neighboring states and improve the skills of seafarers. At the same time, Russia and China do not intend to exert political pressure on neighboring countries, demonstrating to them their military power.
The scale of the past exercises allows us to hope that they have really had a beneficial effect on the combat readiness of the fleets of the two states. More than two dozen warships and auxiliary vessels, more than a dozen airplanes and helicopters, as well as over four thousand people of the personnel of the Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy took part in the maneuvers. After summarizing the exercises in a closed meeting of the joint headquarters, on the morning of July 12, the Chinese ships left the port of Vladivostok and went home. It is quite possible that the successful completion of the current exercises will lead to the fact that in a year the Russian and Chinese sailors will again be able to participate in joint maneuvers and together improve their skills.
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