Joint Naval Exercise Has Been Started Between Russia, China and RSA

CAPE TAWN, (BM) – The crew of the missile cruiser “Marshal Ustinov” took part in the opening of the first joint naval exercises of the ships of Russia, South Africa and China “Mosi”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according the press service of the Northern Fleet (SF) statement.

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“Ten representatives of the crew of the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov took part in the solemn ceremony of raising the naval flag on the Chinese frigate URO” Weifang “to mark the beginning of a joint Russian-Chinese-South African naval exercise” the report said.

According to the headquarters of the fleet, at the first stage of the exercise, which will last from Monday to Wednesday, the sailors of the three countries will prepare ships for maneuvers and joint staff work on the study of individual elements of the exercises.

The Russian cruiser Marshal Ustinov, is a Slava-class cruiser of the Russian Navy. The Russian name for the ship type is Gvardeysky Raketnyy Kreyser (GRKR), meaning “Guards Missile Cruiser”. She is named after Dmitriy Ustinov, a former Soviet Minister of Defence.

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Marshal Ustinov is assigned to the 43rd Missile Ship Division of the Russian Northern Fleet, whose homeport and the Fleet HQ is in Severomorsk.

On July 3, left Severomorsk to participate in the Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg. She’s taken part in the training of the Russian Navy “Ocean Shield-2019” and on August 22, entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. There, she visited ports in Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Marshal Ustinov afterwards transited Gibraltar again and sailed into the Atlantic. On its way to South Africa, she payed a port visit to Equatorial Guinea. This was only a third time after the Cold war that a Russian cruiser entered the South Atlantic, the first two being Pyotr Veliky in 2008/9 and Moskva in 2015.

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