from Rogue Money:
Caucuses 2016 exercises carried out in early September along Russia’s Black Sea coastline including in Crimea, September 2016. Note that the amount of guided missile-launching firepower, troops, armor and aviation Russia is putting on display with this ‘muscle flexing’ dwarfs what NATO minus Turkey can deploy to the same region through Romania and Ukraine.
— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) 12 September 2016
The “Joint Sea-2016” exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines, the Chinese navy said in a statement on Sunday on its official microblog.
The two countries will carry out defense, rescue and anti-submarine operations, as well as “island seizing” and other activities, it added.
Marines will participate in live-fire drills, island defense and landing operations in what will be the largest operation ever taken together by the two countries’ navies, the statement said.
China announced that it had called the “routine” naval exercise in July, saying the drills were aimed at strengthening cooperation and not aimed at any other country.
See previous RogueMoney coverage and analysis on this topic here:
Chinese Media Uses Term “Alliance” to Describe Partnership with Russia as Moscow and Beijing Prepare for Joint SCS Exercises in September
Another Message to the U.S./NATO: Chinese, Iranian Troops Participate in Military Exercises for the First Time Ever in Russia’s Kaliningrad
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