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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, China Patrol Pirates

BEIJING — The Russian and Chinese navies have joined forces in anti-piracy patrols off the Somali coast and will stage joint exercises this week, Chinese state media reported Thursday.

China's three-ship flotilla began running joint patrols with Russian ships on Sept. 10, the official Xinhua news agency said in a dispatch from the Gulf of Aden.

It said the exercises, "Blue Peace Shield 2009," would take place Friday and include tests of communications links, simulated missions to identify ships from helicopters, coordinated resupply efforts and live firing of deck guns.

(Reuters)