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Largest Chinese, Russian Joint Pacific Naval Exercise Kicks Off This Week

(150522) -- LINYI FLEET, May 22, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on May 20, 2015 shows the China-Russia "Joint Sea-2015" drills. Chinese and Russian naval forces on Thursday ended their joint military exercises in the Mediterranean. The "Joint Sea-2015" drills, involving six Russian and three Chinese ships, were staged in four phases, focusing on maritime defense, replenishment and escorting. It was the fourth since joint China-Russia sea drills began in 2012. (Xinhua/Xiong Libing)

Chinese and Russian marines on May 20, 2015 during exercise Joint Sea 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea. Xinhua Photo

The navies of China and Russia will meet this week for the two countries largest ever naval exercise in the Pacific, according to state run media in both Russia and China.
Joint Sea 2015 II is set to start on Thursday and run until Aug. 28 in the Sea of Japan and off the coast of Vladivostok and will comprise of more than 20 ships from the Russian Navy and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and includes a joint amphibious assault drill.

“A source close to the operation said navies of the two countries will join forces to simulate anti-submarine combat and air defense and other relevant missions. A joint beach landing of troops is also planned,” read a report in the Chinese state-controlled Xinhua news service.
“The source said the drills ‘are not targeted at any third party and are not relevant to regional status-quo’.”

The PLAN is sending seven ships — Type 051C Luzhou-class guided missile destroyer Shenyang (115), Russian-built Sovremennyy-class guided destroyer Taizhou (138), Type 54A Jiangkai II frigates Linyi (547) and Hengyang (568), Type 071 amphibious warship Changbaishan, Type 072A tank landing ship (LST) Yunwushan (997) and Type 903 fleet oiler Taihu.

China will also send six helicopters, five fixed wing planes and 200 marines. Russia will send two submarines, 12 fixed-wing aircraft and 16 surface ships, according to the Xinhua report.

Russian and Chinese ships in the Pacific in 2014. China Daily Photo

Russian and Chinese ships in the Pacific in 2014. China Daily Photo

The joint exercise will be the second joint drill between Russia and China this near following the first Joint Sea 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea in April. Ahead of the exercise two Chinese frigates visited the Russian Novorossiysk naval base in the Black Sea — a first for the PLAN.

In the last several years China and Russia have worked closer together through naval exercises that gave grown in size and complexity.

Late last year, following the announcement of the Joint Sea 2015 series, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the U.S. was a factor in China and Russia conducting more military-to-military exercises in the Pacific.

“We believe that the main goal of pooling our effort is to shape a collective regional security system,” Shoigu said in November.
“We also expressed concern over U.S. attempts to strengthen its military and political clout in the [Asia-Pacific Region].”

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  • woohoo002

    Probably in the response to US foreign policy, and their intention in re-arming their protectorate, Japan.
    Diplomacy of the 1930’s

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  • John B. Morgen

    This the time that the Japanese should rewrite their constitution, and allow their navy to build and deploy capital warships. This will help offset PLAN’s growing naval projections in the region. Right now, our major threats are the Chinese than the Russian bear….

  • publius_maximus_III

    Hope some of this year’s joint naval exercise is in non-territorial waters, so our guys can watch the activity. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” (Sun-Tzu)

  • Secundius

    I hope the ChiCom’s PLAN brought plenty of Fleet Tug’s with them, the RuNavy is really going need them…

  • John B. Morgen

    The 20,000 ton destroyers that you are referring to are the Hyuga and Izumo classes. These warships are NOT destroyers, but aircraft carriers, equivalent to escort or light aircraft carriers. The Japanese classified them as destroyers because of restrictions of their constitution. In fact, many other nation-states have also miss classified their destroyers when they are actually cruisers; above the 6,000 ton mark. The United States is one those nation-states don’t know what a cruiser from a destroyer these days.

    • Navyjag907

      Yeah. I know that about the Japanese. I was trying to be humorous. I agree with you about the US calling vessels destroyers which are the size of cruisers.

      • John B. Morgen

        Yeah, the Japanese are sometimes act very odd. I know you were trying to be funny—about a new Yamato being a 70,000 ton missile boat (MB). However, you might not be too far off with some the future warships that are still on the drafting tables.

        • Genius

          No matter how Japan build new ships… Give China more time.. Japan will be nothing compared to China by 2030. Believe me. I am not a pro commie.. I am a Filipino.

          But the way you look at China and Japan. China’s economy is more than twice bigger than Japan. They can afford to spend more money on defense compared to Japan.

          In fact China’s current defense spending is already more than twice bigger.

          What China lacks now is advanced technology in some aspects here and there. In Filipino saying “hilaw pa” but give them more time. Things will be different. Look at China in 1995, compare it to China in 2005, now look at 2015. By 2025 do you think China will be the same?

          I am just analyzing things in a logical manner.

          If we are really to stop China.. it has to be now. Or else its too late…

          • John B. Morgen

            I don’t quite agreed with you, but anything could happen to China; however, both Japan and India are increasing their navies. India is receiving tech assistance for building aircraft carriers from the United States Navy. The Japanese is still receiving advanced naval equipment from the United States, such as the Aegis combat system. By 2030, I expect Japan will have a new constitution, and who knows where the Chinese economy will be within 14 years.

          • Genius

            I would have to admit its my governments fault. But their decision does not represent the decision of the Filipino people.

            If we are going back to where all problems originated. Your government should not have supported the dictatorship of then President Marcos. Things could have been different after all?

            All the political and economic mess came from Marcos dictatorship. Whatever good Marcos has done.. it outweighs the negative.

            That led to the rise of a populist leader named Cory. Who is a complete idiot.

            You advocated freedom, human rights, democracy.. so do i. But why all the hypocrisy in supporting a dictator for your geopolitical interest? And sacrificing the values you have been advocating?

            More importantly.. please do enlighten me when did the Philippines become aggressive?? China just suddenly grab the scarborough shoal. How can a country with almost no Navy and no Airforce be aggressive?? Against China???

            Even if China will be plagued by crisis and stagnation for a span of time. Do you think China’s economy will never grow eventually?? As economy grow, so will their resources for R&D and military. At this point in time i repeat China economically is already twice bigger than Japan. And i don’t wanna compute how many folds bigger than India. Japan is already at its peak. Though India still has a lot of potential. But believe me. By 2030 atleast. Japan nor India will not be in a position to challenge China. It will be the USA only.

            Btw India is a Russian ally.. be careful..

          • John B. Morgen

            Maybe we should begin when the problems had gotten started in 1898 or 1946? Yes I agreed we should not have supported the late President Marcos and his regime. But I must point out, the United States is Republic and not true democracy by name. You got to read the fine print.

        • Genius

          And the country that is capable of stopping China is YOUR country! USA! not Japan.

          Face the facts! It is your country’s actions that made what is China now.

          If you only helped us in the early scarborough standoff. China might not have reclaimed vast area in the Spratly’s.

          Now you are scrambling to support us.. but it is already two late. China has already reclaimed vast amount of land. The reef becomes an air and naval base already.

          All because of your cowardness!

          • John B. Morgen

            I hope you’re referring to President Obama’s administration, and NOT the American people—Genius? However, if your government had not ordered us to withdraw from our bases, then, just maybe the events might have been quite different. Furthermore, your nation-state has not really updated its armed forces much since the 1950’s. Your nation-state should really follow the Singapore as a model for modernization, and Philippines should also take responsibility for not being aggressive in matter…

  • olesalt

    I fully agree with John B Morgan. China is a threat to Japan and is also trying to bully the small nations who are rightful claimants of territorial waters in the South China Sea. The USSR forcibly annexed the Northern Japanese Islands during WW II. Russia has annexed Crimea and has aggressive intentions of taking over Eastern Ukraine, thru’ its rebel proxies. These 2 countries (China & Russia) are serious threats to regional and world peace, and added to North Korea, the Chinese “bull dog”, War is possible. South Korea better get its priorities right and stop “kow-towing” to the whims and fancies of Red China because of its economic pressures. Inasmuch as South Korea appears unhappy with Japan, President Park better re-read history of the Korean War. Her father was in the South Korean Army and was Japanese trained. Without the help of the US and its allies (UK, Aust, NZ, Philippines etc), the Mao’s Chinese helping Kim Il Sung and his Communists would have taken over South Korea. The USSR also helped by providing pilots and MIGs to battle the US Air Force. Always remember History and relate it to present events in the Region. Be United & deter aggression from the opposition i.e. China, Russia & North Korea. Have more exercises and on a larger scale with US and Japanese Carriers etc. Hopefully they will deter the potential aggressors.

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  • John

    This is why we can’t lose South Korea. It will be very difficult to counter attacks or even deploy troops. It’s key entrance to China and Russia

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