BEIBU GULF, Dec. 6 (ChinaMil) -- China and Vietnam wrapped up their 23rd joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf on December 3, 2017, and maintained the order and stability in the Beibu Gulf area and common fishing zone.
Both sides, by conducting communication verification and joint research and rescue exercises in the joint patrol, further deepened their traditional good-neighbor relationship and promoted healthy and steady development of the two countries' mil-to-mil relations.
China and Vietnam each assigned two naval vessels to participate in the joint patrol and exercise.
After arriving at the rally point on the morning of Dec 1, both sides' vessels greeted each other and then began joint patrol along the maritime border between China and Vietnam in the Beibu Gulf.
During the patrol, they exchanged such information as hydrometeorology, sea and air condition, fleet direction and speed and so forth, enhancing their maritime communication and resource sharing.
To deepen mutual trust and understanding and improve their maritime cooperation capabilities, the two sides also exchanged message contents during the communication verification exercise, such as "China and Vietnam are close neighbors" and "We jointly promote the Belt and Road Initiative, the two economic corridors and one economic belt" .
The joint search and rescue exercise was carried out on the afternoon of December 2, 2017.
After detecting the simulated target launched by the Vietnamese side, Chinese vessel immediately set off toward the designated sea area and assisted the Vietnamese vessel in search and rescue operations.
The simulated target was successfully saved 10 minutes later. When arriving at the finishing point of the joint patrol, the two sides bade farewell to each other and wrapped up the joint patrol.
On the basis of routine joint patrols, China and Vietnam have been strengthening joint exercises such as joint search and rescue, fishing escort and voyage escort and so on, so as to continuously enhance capability of jointly handling maritime security issues and further deepen cooperation and friendship.
During the joint patrol, the joint patrol fleet sailed for nearly 30 hours, covering about 350 nautical miles.