12/02/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/02/2021 02:09
The opening ceremony of the first ever joint naval exercise of Russia and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ARNEX-2021 took place in Indonesia on the territory of the naval base in the port of Belavan today. The participants of the ceremony visited the large anti-submarine ship (LAS) of the Pacific Fleet (PF) Admiral Panteleev, which represents the Russian Federation at the exercise, on the outer roadstead of the port.
Among those who arrived on the Russian ship are Russia's Permanent Representative to ASEAN Alexander Ivanov, Russia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobyova, Commander of the first fleet of the Indonesian Navy Rear Admiral Arsiyad Abdullah, as well as military attaches of the ASEAN member countries. An Honor guard met the distinguished guests at the Admiral Panteleev LAS, and an artillery salute was given in honor of their arrival.
During the solemn events, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to ASEAN, Alexander Ivanov, noted that the exercise that has begun is aimed exclusively at maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. "Thus, a new page has been opened in the Russian-ASEAN strategic partnership," he said.
Russian and foreign diplomats inspected the warship and left entries in the book of honorary visitors.
The naval exercise ARNEX-2021 takes place in the territorial waters of Indonesia near the island of Ve from December 1 to 3. It involves ships of eight states - Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar.
The active part of the exercise includes working out joint tactical maneuvering by ships, conducting signals training, interviewing and screening tasks of a suspicious vessel, as well as training in search and rescue at sea.