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China, Pak naval ships complete drills in East China Sea

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Beijing: The Chinese and Pakistani navies today concluded their two-day naval exercises in the East China Sea in which two ships each from both sides took part. This is the first time navies of both the countries conducted exercises in the East China Sea which separates China and Japan, official media here reported.

Two missile ships from each of their fleets took part in the exercises, state-run CCTV reported. The exercises included anti-submarine drills, air defence, anti missile and mock confrontations. Commanders of China and Pakistan gave instructions in rotation.The Pakistani naval ships Shamsheer and Nasr arrived in Shanghai on December 28 to take part in joint naval exercises in a bid to boost defence cooperation with their Chinese counterpart.

“It is a very significant exercise which will enhance the interoperability and cohesion between the two navies,” Bilal Abdul Nasir, Commander of Pakistan’s 25th Destroyer Squadron told state-run Global Times. A total of 591 officers and soldiers are on board in the two Pakistani vessels.