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The 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) left the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somali coast where the taskforce had conducted escort missions for more than four months and embarked on its new voyage of visits on July 23, 2012. Up to now, the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce has accomplished 43 escort missions for 184 Chinese and foreign ships, effectively coped with and repelled the harassments by126 suspected pirate boats in 58 batches, and ensured the safety of the escorted ships and the taskforce. After its departure from the waters of the Gulf of Aden, the 11th Chinese naval escort taskforce is scheduled to pay a friendly visit to Ukraine, Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Israel successively in two columns. It is the first time for the Chinese naval ships to visit Romania, Bulgaria and Israel.
According to informed sources, 90,000 forces from the four countries will take part in the land and sea wargames due to be held in Syria.
Ground, air and sea forces as well as air defense and missile units of the four countries will take part in the exercises.
Sources also said that Egypt has acceded to grant passage to 12 Chinese warships to sail through the Suez Canal, adding that the military convoy is due to dock at the Syrian harbors in the next two weeks.
Russian atomic submarines and warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers as well as Iranian battleships and submarines will also arrive in Syria at around the same date.
Syria plans to test its coast-to-sea and air defense missiles in the wargames.
A sum of 400 warplanes and 1,000 tanks will also be used in the exercises.
Originally posted by ipsedixit
There was a report that Iran, China, Russia and Syria intended to carry out a large joint excercise in the form of wargames in the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria. This was supposed to happen in June.
BEIJING, June 20 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday said there was no truth to an Iranian media report about a joint military drill involving China, Russia, Syria and Iran. "The report is groundless," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a regular press briefing.
The Russian Defense Ministry called such reports "disinformation" and the Russian news agency Interfax quoted an adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as saying it was not true. "There will be nothing like that. This is one of those (pieces of) false information that are distributed about (Syria)," Interfax quoted Bouthaina Shabaan, the adviser who was in Moscow on Tuesday, as saying.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied foreign reports that China dispatched a destroyer to Syria to join the naval drill there, the Global Times reported Tuesday. According to ynetnews.com, the Egyptian daily Al-Shuruk reported Sunday that a Chinese destroyer sailed through the Suez Canal in Egypt into the Mediterranean Sea, and that the destroyer could be heading for the Syrian coast where four countries including China and Syria are reportedly holding naval military drills.
Turkish authorities were informed through diplomatic channels that Russian warships would pass Black Sea straits in Aug 11-12. Passage of straits Dardanelles and Bosporus by Russian Navy's Northern Fleet (NF) task force comprising three landing ships – Alexander Otrakovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets, and Kondopoga – is fully complies with the Montreux Convention as of overall displacement of a task force passing through the Turkish straits. Visit of Novorossiysk Naval Base will be held in accordance with the cruise plan which main purpose is to perform interfleet trip. In Novorossiysk, NF ships will replenish water, food, and fuel supplies.
Fars News Agency (FNA) is a news agency in Iran. While it describes itself as "Iran's leading independent news agency", news organizations such as CNN and Reuters describe it as a "semi-official" news agency with ties to the government. The Wall Street Journal has stated the agency is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Its managing director Saeid Noubari is a former head of the public relations office of the Tehran Justice Department. FNA's managing editor Mehdi Fazaeli is also the spokesman of Iran's Association of Muslim Journalists.
Russian warships deployed in the Mediterranean Sea will not call at Syrian port Tartus to replenish supplies, writes RBC referring to Russian Defense Ministry's press service. At present, the Russian Navy's interfleet force has started replenishing supplies by means of auxiliary vessels. These functions are performed by Black Sea Fleet (BSF) oiler Ivan Bubnov and salvage tug MB-304. When the replenishment is over, the task force will continue deployment program. It is planned that the ships will enter the Black Sea in order to call at Novorossiysk Naval Base.
Russian Warships Set Course for West Mediterranean Without call at Novorossiysk
Russian Navy's interfleet task group set a course for western Mediterranean, reports B-Port referring to RIA Novosti and an insider in Russian defense ministry. Earlier on, Russian military reported that landing ships of the task force would call at Novorossiysk on Aug 12. The task force consists of Northern Fleet (NF) landing ships Alexander Otrakovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets, Kondopoga, Baltic Fleet (BF) frigates Yaroslav Mudry and Neustrashimy, and Black Sea Fleet (BSF) supply vessels – replenishment oiler Ivan Bubnov and salvage tug MB-304.
"As for now, the ships have passed Italy and are heading westward holding combat training tasks in the central part of the Mediterranean Sea", said the interviewee, however, refusing to specify the reason for changed route of NF landing ships. As for him, the ships will accomplish some other tasks including joint maneuvering in intensive shipping areas, antiaircraft and antisubmarine defenses in littoral zones, search-and-rescue and logistic support of a task unit at sea. Last weekend, the task force effectively held tactical drill with use of onboard gun and missile systems, and replenished water and fuel supplies.
Three Chinese warships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) docked in Haifa Aug. 13 for a five-day visit here as guests of the Israel Navy. Led by Rear Adm. Yang Junfei, deputy commander of the PLAN’s North China Sea Fleet, the Chinese contingent will tour multiple sites throughout the country in honor of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Beijing.
Russian Navy Med Sea Group to Split After Drills A combined-fleet group of Russian Navy ships in the Mediterranean Seawill split into two groups following completion of its duties, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday. "On August 17, the combined fleet group of the Russian Navy, having successfully completed a range of duties in the central region of the Mediterranean, will arrive in the Alboran region of the sea [its most western part] where it plans to re-store," a Navy spokesman said. The group consists of the large amphibious landing ships Alexander Ostrovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets, and Kondopoga, and also the Baltic Fleet frigates Yaroslav Mudry and Neustrashimy. The navy said the three landing ships will then leave for the Atlantic, where they will take part in more exercises. The second group of frigates will remain in the Mediterranean and undertake exercises related to prevension of illegal arms trafficking and anti-terrorism.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by rigel4
Russia is not going to risk wwIII over Assad or for Ahmadenijad for that matter.