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China's naval forces are marking their 70th anniversary. And they definitely have something to celebrate, as the nation's naval capabilities have grown exponentially over the past decade – and are set to expand even more.
China’s sole aircraft carrier Liaoning completed its first night flight trials, state media reports. Video of the mission shows J-15 warplanes, known as Flying Sharks, take off and land on board of a 65,000-ton flat top.
Traditional Russian Navy Day celebrations have gone international, with parades now spanning not only 9 time zones within the country, but also having been organized in the Syrian port of Tartus.
Russia’s navy group has made a historic port call in Hong Kong, the first in decades. The Varyag guided missile cruiser was open for visitors for a day and attracted large crowds, including Chinese sailors and civilians.
As Russia and China were staging their biggest joint maritime exercises in the history, RT correspondent Daniel Bushell was aboard the Russian flagship to take the action in first hand.
Ships, submarines, aircraft, troops and amphibious vehicles have been deployed in port cities across Russia displaying the force’s skills and capabilities to mark Navy Day.
Russia has staged its biggest post-Soviet military drills in the Far East, involving 100,000 servicemen and a vast array of materiel.
The flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, Varyag, and the country’s most powerful nuclear-powered battleship, Pyotr Veliky, entered the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday.
The Russian Navy intends to build its presence in the Mediterranean Sea - particularly in the area close to Syrian shores - to up to 10 battleships, announced Admiral of the Fleet Viktor Chirkov.