Russia, US start joint naval exercise

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Moscow, Sep 28 (UNI) The joint Russian-US naval exercise ''Pacific Eagle-2007'' started today in the Amur Gulf, near Vladivostok.

The exercise will include mine-sweeping and anti-submarine operations, the mock interception of a vessel trespassing in territorial waters and a sea-rescue operation, the spokesman for the Pacific Fleet told RIA Novosti news agency.

The exercise, which is to cover an extensive area from Vladivostok to La Perouse Strait, will be one of the largest in the history of both the countries. So far such an exercise was held only in 1998.

The USS Lassen (DDG 82), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, and the USS Patriot (MCM 7), a minesweeper, will participate in the drill.

Russia is represented by Admiral Panteleyev, an Udaloy-class destroyer, a BT-100 minesweeper, a GS-84 survey vessel, and a RB-326 towboat.

The drill, which is to run til September 30, will be followed by a memorial ceremony in the honour of the crew of two submarines - the Soviet L-19 and the American Wahoo - killed in WWII.

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