China, Russia conclude Med drills

Joint Sea 2015 concludes.

China and Russia Conclude Naval Drill in Mediterranean

The joint Sino-Russian maritime exercise included live-fire drills, underway replenishment and escort operations.

By Franz-Stefan Gady

Russia and China concluded their first-ever joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea this morning, Sputnik News reports.

The naval drill code-named “Joint Sea 2015” was held from May 17 to 21 and involved nine ships from both countries.

On the Russian side, ships participating in the exercise were the Moskva, the leadship of the Atlant-class of guided missile cruisers, the Burevestnik-class frigate Ladny, the Bora-class hoverborne guided missile corvetteSamum, the Ropucha-class landing ship Alexander Shabalin (designed for beach landings and capable of carrying a 450-ton cargo), and an older ship of the same class, the Alexander Otrakovsky, as well as a MB-31 tugboat.

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