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JOINT SEA 2021 NAVAL EXCERCISE

JOINT SEA 2021 NAVAL EXCERCISE

Context:

From October 14, 2021, China and Russia are holding Joint naval drills called the “Joint Sea 2021 naval exercise” in the Sea of Japan.

Significance of the Exercise:

  • It highlights the sign of growing political and military alignment between Russia and China.

About Joint Sea 2021 Naval Exercise:

  • The drill started in Russia’s Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan and will run through October 17, 2021.
  • China in the drill
  • For the 1st time, China will be represented by anti-submarine warfare planes and destroyers of greater than 10,000 tons in displacement for exercises abroad, warships such as Type 055 large destroyer Nanchang, Type 054A frigates Binzhou & Liuzhou, vessel-borne helicopters, Type 052D destroyer Kunming, Type 903A comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu and fixed-wing anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
  • Russia will be represented by anti-submarine ships, frigates and aircraft.

Russian-Chinese joint naval drills:

  • In August 2005, the 1st Russian-Chinese joint naval drills took place in the Yellow Sea.
  • At that time they were part of the Peace Mission 2005 large-scale military exercises, organized under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
  • Since 2012, the Joint Sea annual naval exercises have been held beyond the SCO, aimed at strengthening the combat capability of Russia and China to jointly counter threats at sea.
  • In 2020, the Joint Sea exercise was not held due to restrictive measures in force in connection with the pandemic of coronavirus infection.

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