A month ago, when the fate of the historic (and now concluded) gas deal between Russia and China was still unknown we wrote that "Isolated Russia Makes Friends: To Hold Military Drill With China", a drill titled "Maritime Cooperation-2014", and which, coincidentally, is taking place in the northern part (ahem Japan and Taiwan) of the East China Sea, just as Russia is conducting another massive airforce drill along its border with Ukraine on the weekend of Ukraine's presidential election.
As part of the drill, which is taking place between May 20 and 26, the Chinese and Russian naval vessels conducted maneuvers in the exercise area covering such missions as joint escort, joint rescue the hijacked ship, a joint verification of identification and joint air, sea assault on joint exercises and other subjects.
Here are some snapshots of what has taken place so far
Chinese and Russian warships lined a single column appeared and began firing drills.
More ships sailing in single line.
Russian warships appeared.
Chinese and Russian warships lined up in a column appeared, ready for sea, air and underwater targets firing.
Destroyer "Zhengzhou" , the supply ship "Qiandaohu" and destroyer "Ningbo"
Ship missile destroyer Harbin firing guns
Missile destroyer Ningbo.
Missile destroyer Ningbo fires its auxiliary ship-to-air gunds
Missile destroyer Ningbo firing its gun
Resulting rocket depth
Russian cruiser Varyag, flagship of the Pacific fleet
Russian warship Admiral Panteleev
Varyag again, with Ka-27 helicopter in background
Liuzhou ship missile frigate conducting real fire drill. At 8:00 on the 24th of May, the first surface ship fleet ship missile destroyer Ningbo, again sounding the alarm combat exercises, joint anti-submarine exercises in full swing. The formation was composed of three warships conducting the submarine search.
The Zhengzhou missile destroyer first discovered the "enemy" submarines, reported the fleet command, guiding Russia "Admiral Panteleyev" large anti-submarine ship-borne helicopters sent successfully implemented on the target submarine attack.