Group of Chinese warships docked in Russian Navy port of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Oblast. The task force will conduct exercises on Baltic Sea in conjunction with Russian Navy as a part of Russian-Chinese military cooperation which started with Yellow Sea exercise performed in the last few years.
Three ships entered Baltiysk port: Hefei missile destroyer (type 052D), Yuncheng frigate (type 053A) and Lomachu supply ship. Russian forces include two 20390 corvettes supported by based in Kaliningrad Su-24 planes and Ka-27 helicopters.
Russian Minister of Defense declaration states, that the exercise is to be an example of cooperation of allied fleets and is not targeted against any other countries. The fleets will focus on coordination while conducting sea, land and air joint operations.
On the 25th and 26th of July, the Russian-Chinese armada will practice defense against enemy ships and aircrafts. Counter-piracy and counter-sabotage operations are also planned. The Baltic operations are a first stage of bigger exercise – Joint Sea 2017 – and will be continued in August on Okhotsk and Japanese Sea.