Russia, US to conduct joint naval exercises from tomorrow

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Moscow, Sep 23 (UNI) Two US Navy combat ships will arrive tomorrow at Russia's Vladivostok port to participate in the joint manoeuvers with the Russian Navy.

The exercise Pacific Eagle-2007 will be held from September 28-30 and will include mine-sweeping and anti-submarine operations, an interception of a vessel trespassing territorial waters and a sea-rescue operation, Russian Pacific Fleet's spokesman told RIA Novosti news agency.

''This is the third meeting of the Russian and American sailors this year, which has two goals - further development of naval cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and the joint naval exercises Pacific Eagle-2007,'' he said.

The US Navy has dispatched an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and a minesweeper USS Patriot (MCM 7) to participate in the manoeuvers.Russia is represented by an Udaloy-class destroyer Admiral Panteleyev.

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