Saturday, 1 September 2012

Russian Warships Visit Japan

A Russian Navy group has visited Japan’s naval base Maizuru and is on its way to the home port of Vladivostok, a Pacific Fleet spokesman said on Saturday.
The destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the tanker Boris Butoma and the salvage tug Fotiy Krylov from the Pacific Fleet completed a four-day visit after taking part in the international RIMPAC naval exercise in the United States’ Pearl Harbor.
An official Russian delegation met in Maizuru with the commander of the naval base, the city mayor and other officials, Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.
A group of Japan’s warships will pay a reciprocal visit to Vladivostok starting on September 23 and will participate in a number of joint naval drills with the Russian Navy, he added.

The 2012-RIMPAC drills, held between July 11 and August 1, involved 45 warships and support vessels from 22 countries, as well as 100 combat aircraft and over 20,000 marines.

The exercise comprised dozens of combat missions and exercises, including humanitarian, search and rescue operations. RIMPAC-2012 also practiced evacuation of civilians in an amphibious landing operation, as well as joint anti-submarine and anti-aircraft defense.

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