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Joint forces storm beaches at climax of drills
By Sun Shangwu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-25 05:55

QINGDAO: Amphibious tanks, armed helicopters and Chinese and Russian marine corps braved heavy rain yesterday to launch an amphibious assault in Langyatai, about 120 kilometres from Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province.

Armored vehicles land on beach from an amphibious warship during the joint drills in Shandong August 23, 2005. [newsphoto]
The hour-long drill started with the firing of hundreds of rockets from 12 jet fighters and 12 bombers taking out "enemy forces" on the beach.

At the same time a fleet of landing craft, a submarine hunter and destroyers from the two navies also launched attacks.

With support from destroyers and armed helicopters, three Il-76 freighters parachuted in a company of paratroops to join the ground attack.

A special taskforce choppered in on 18 transport helicopters also took part in the battle.

The live ammunition joint military manoeuvre climaxed yesterday when amphibious tanks from both armies rolled off landing ships and made for the beaches.

A company of Russian marine corps with 10 armoured personnel carriers and one Chinese amphibious battalion of 33 tanks braved strong winds and high waves to take control of the beachheads.

The amphibious landing was launched yesterday in adverse weather conditions, with heavy rain and fog.
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