14 Russian Navy ships have transited into the Sea of Japan ahead of Russian military drills scheduled to start next week.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the Japanese military observed the Russian ships sailing through the area over a two-day period. The ministry adds that the ships are likely heading to the Vostok-2022 strategic military exercises that will run from August 30th to September 5th.
The ships identified in the movement were destroyer RFS Marshal Shaposhnikov (543) and corvettes RFS Gremyashchiy (337), RFS Sovershennyy (333), RFS Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov (339), RFS Metel (323), RFS MPK-221 (354), RFS R-14 (924), RFS R-18 (937), RFS R-11 (940), RFS R-19 (978), RFS Marshal Krylov (331), a Dubna class replenishment ship, hospital ship Irtysh and a Sliva class tug.
Along with Russia, the Vostok-2022 military exercises will include the militaries from China, India, Belarus, Tajikstan, and Mongolia.