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    Joint Sea-2015 II naval exercise has ended in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Territory.

    VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) – The Russian-Chinese "Joint Sea-2015 II" naval exercise has ended in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Territory, a Russian Eastern Military District spokesman told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    "Russian and Chinese sailors have acquired priceless cooperation experience," Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

    A parade of Russian and Chinese warships, as well as naval aircraft, that had taken part in the drills kicked off at 13:30 local time (03:30 GMT), according to Martov.

    The drills took place in the Peter the Great Gulf, the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan, close to the strategic Far Eastern Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok. The active phase of the drills, which were the second naval exercise between China and Russia this year, lasted between August 23 and August 27.

    The naval exercises involved 500 marines, 22 warships and support vessels, 15 air vessels, 40 units of equipment and 2 drones. Russian and Chinese navy servicemen practiced anti-sabotage, anti-ship and mine defense operations.

    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping stressed last week that China-Russia military cooperation is crucial for a comprehensive strategic partnership between Moscow and Beijing.

    The first stage of Russia-China maritime exercises ("Joint Sea-2015 I") was held in the Mediterranean Sea in spring.


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