“Joint Sea-2013”: China-Russia’s largest-ever naval drill

China and Russia are together conducting their largest-ever joint naval exercise named “Joint Sea-2013” in the Sea of Japan, a further sign of the broad-based progress in relations b/w the former Cold War era rivals. Those participating in the drill include eighteen surface ships, one submarine, three airplanes, five ship-launched helicopters and two commando units. The drills will cover anti-submarine warfare, close manoeuvring, and the simulated take-over of an enemy ship.
China has long been a key customer for Russian military equipments, but only in the last decade have their militaries started training jointly. The naval drills are to be followed by another round of anti-terrorism joint drills in Russia’s Ural Mountain region of Chelyabinsk.