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    Three Chinese warships led by the naval guided-missile destroyer Hefei will arrive in Russia's major Baltic Fleet base in the western seaport town of Baltiysk to commence joint naval exercises with Russia beginning July 21, Baltic Fleet representative Roman Martov said Wednesday.

    KALININGRAD (Sputnik) — The July 21 opening ceremony will be followed by the active phase of the joint military exercises in the Baltic Sea on July 24-27, during which the naval forces will practice anti-submarine warfare, as well as air and anti-ship defense.

    "Three ships of the Chinese Navy will arrive at Baltiysk for the Russian-Chinese naval drills Naval Interaction-2017. It should be mentioned that it will be the first visit of Chinese People's Liberation Army ships to Baltiysk in the history of Russian-Chinese relations," Martov told reporters.

    The drills will involve nearly ten ships of different classes, over ten aircraft and helicopters of both the Russian and Chinese naval forces.

    The main goal of the exercise is to enhance coordination between the two navies in countering maritime threats, to practice joint activities and to promote naval cooperation.

    The Russian-Chinese joint naval drills were first held in 2012. The exercises are not directed against other states and constitute a Russian-Chinese contribution to security in the world's oceans and seas.


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