Russian Warship Conducts Anti-Submarine Drill In South China Sea Amid Escalating Tensions

In a recent development, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov has conducted an anti-submarine exercise in the South China Sea, according to Russian news agencies.

What Happened: The Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate, part of a detachment of Russian Pacific Fleet warships, carried out the exercise after detecting a simulated enemy submarine and confirming its location with the help of a helicopter crew, reported Reuters on Monday. The warship then launched torpedoes and depth charges.

The exercise occurred during a “long-distance voyage” that included the Asia-Pacific region, as reported by Interfax news agency. The voyage also involves the Varyag cruiser, the fleet’s flagship, and the Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate.

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According to Russia’s RIA state news agency, the ships set sail from the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Jan. 22.

Why It Matters: This exercise comes during heightened tensions in the region. China recently sent 33 military aircraft and six naval ships toward Taiwan, potentially complicating efforts to stabilize U.S.-China relations.

Experts have also warned that the U.S. might intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese blockade or quarantine of Taiwan. Global powers are closely monitoring the recent military activities by both China and Russia in the region.

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