S. African navy hosts Russia, China for maritime exercise

Xinhua Published: 2019-11-26 09:59:54
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The South African navy is hosting the Multinational Maritime Exercise with Russia and China in Cape Town.

The Chinese multi-role frigate Weifang (550) docks at Cape Town harbour for a joint exercise in southern African waters with South African Navy's frigate SAS Amatola (F145) and Russian Navy's missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov (055) on November 25 2019. [Photo: China Plus]

The Chinese multi-role frigate Weifang (550) docks at Cape Town harbour for a joint exercise in southern African waters with South African Navy's frigate SAS Amatola (F145) and Russian Navy's missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov (055) on November 25 2019. [Photo: China Plus]

It is the first trilateral exercise between the three countries and is scheduled to take place off the southern coast of South Africa over the period of November 25-30.

The exercise is primarily focused on maritime economic security, interoperability and maintaining the good relations between the participating navies.

The week-long exercise is intended to demonstrate a "multinational willingness to ensure regional maritime peace, security and stability," according to the South African navy.

The first three days of exercise will focus on finalization of planning for a sea program as well as military social and cultural activities. It will be followed by a sea program, which will focus on surface gunnery exercise, helicopter cross deck landings, boarding operations as well as disaster control exercise.

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