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    Russian and Chinese warships have arrived in the sea area allocated for the “Naval Cooperation 2015” military drills, they have replenished their stocks and currently hove to at their set locations.

    Russia and China has kicked off the active phase of their naval drill in the Mediterranean Sea.

    “Russian and Chinese warships have arrived in the sea area allocated for the “Naval Cooperation 2015” military drills,” Deputy Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Vice Admiral Alexandr Fedotenkov said on Sunday.

    The RFS Moskva guided-missile cruiser
    © RIA Novosti . Vitali Ankov
    The RFS Moskva guided-missile cruiser

    The vessels have replenished their stocks and are currently hove to at their set locations.

    The staff of the joint Russian-Chinese grouping in the sea will be located at the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the “Moskva” (the Russian name for Moscow) guided missile cruiser.

    The Russian Navy guided missile corvette Samum sets sail
    © REUTERS / Murad Sezer
    The Russian Navy guided missile corvette Samum sets sail

    Russia has sent its “Moskva” cruiser along with the Bora-class hoverborne guided missile corvette “Samum”,  the Krivak-class missile frigate “Ladny”,  Project 775 Large Landing Ships (LLS) “Alexander Otrakovsky” and Alexander Shabalin, and Navy Tug MB-31.

    Russian Navy frigate Ladny in Sevastopol
    © Sputnik / Vasiliy Batanov
    Russian Navy frigate Ladny in Sevastopol

    As for China, it will be represented by a pair of 4,000-ton Type 54A Jiangkai II frigates – Linyi (574) and Weifang (547) and Wei Shanhu, a Chinese Naval replenishment ship.

    LST Alexander Shabalin during a Baltic Fleet marine and paratroopers landing drill
    © Sputnik / Igor Zarembo
    LST Alexander Shabalin during a Baltic Fleet marine and paratroopers landing drill

    Fedotenkov stressed that the exercise is not directed against a third party.

    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy frigate Linyi sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey May 14, 2015
    © REUTERS / Murad Sezer
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy frigate Linyi sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey May 14, 2015

    “Russia-China exercise ‘Naval Cooperation 2015’ in the Mediterranean Sea is not directed against a third party and is aimed at enhancing mutual understanding between the fleets of two major naval states,” he said.

    The active phase of the drill will last until May 21.

    Crew members work on the Chinese Navy ship Wei Fang as it docks at the Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa (MITT) port on the outskirts of Yangon on May 23, 2014
    © AFP 2021 / Soe Than WIN
    Crew members work on the Chinese Navy ship Wei Fang as it docks at the Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa (MITT) port on the outskirts of Yangon on May 23, 2014

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