A naval squadron attached to Russia‘s Pacific Fleet is set to arrive at Japan’s Maizuru Naval Base, just on the coast of Honshu Island, on Monday for joint naval exercises. The Russian squadron consists of the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Vinogradov, the tanker Irkut, and the salvage tug Kalar.
According to information from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force office, these Russian ships will be participating in a joint search-and-rescue operation in the area of the port of Maiuzuru on December 18 and 20. The Russian squadron is under the command of Captain 1st Rank Andrei Kuznetsov. The Japanese contingent of the exercise will involve the guided missile destroyer Shirane, the missile boat Hayabusa, and other auxiliary vessels. The Japanese squadron is commanded by Captain 1st Rank Yoshihiro Gok.
The exercises are expected to focus on drills that promote cooperative action between the two naval groups, including an exchange of signals and in operations to rescue those in distress. These joint training exercises between Japanese and Russian naval vessels will be the 14th such coming together between the two country’s navies. The present exercises will also be including drilling actions to inspect a ship suspected of piracy. Earlier this year, the Defense Ministries of Russia and Japan also agreed to hold special joint naval exercises in the area of the Gulf of Aden. They will be devoted exclusively to drilling interaction in the conduct of anti-piracy and counterterrorist operations.
[via Voice of Russia]
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