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Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship Varyag arrives in China for joint drill


Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship Varyag, a Slava-class guided missile cruiser, arrives at a naval base in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 21, 2012.

A China-Russia joint maritime drill is scheduled to take place from April 22 to 27 on the Yellow Sea. A welcome ceremony was held by China’s Beihai Fleet at the naval base on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Sailors line up aboard the Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship Varyag, a Slava-class guided missile cruiser, as the vessel arrives at a naval base in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 21, 2012. A China-Russia joint maritime drill is scheduled to take place from April 22 to 27 on the Yellow Sea. A welcome ceremony was held by China’s Beihai Fleet at the naval base on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Chinese journalists onshore.

Russian cruiser Varyag is the third ship of the Slava class of guided missile cruisers built for the Soviet Navy now serving the Russian Navy.

Marshal Shaposhnikov, a Udaloy-class destroyer of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, arrives at a naval base in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 21, 2012. A China-Russia joint maritime drill is scheduled to take place from April 22 to 27 on the Yellow Sea. A welcome ceremony was held by China’s Beihai Fleet at the naval base on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Admiral Vinogradov, a Udaloy-class destroyer of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, arrives at a naval base in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 21, 2012. A China-Russia joint maritime drill is scheduled to take place from April 22 to 27 on the Yellow Sea. A welcome ceremony was held by China’s Beihai Fleet at the naval base on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

A girl presents a flower bouquet to Captain First Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia’s Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 21, 2012. A China-Russia joint maritime drill is scheduled to take place from April 22 to 27 on the Yellow Sea. A welcome ceremony was held by China’s Beihai Fleet at the naval base on Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

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