Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will hold the first-ever joint naval drills off Indonesia in early December of this year, Russia’s Permanent Representative at ASEAN, Alexander Ivanov, said.
The Russia-ASEAN naval drills will take place in the area of North Sumatra in Indonesia’s territorial waters on December 1-3, 2021. The large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Panteleyev will represent Russia there.
According to the envoy, the manoeuvres aim to practice “interoperability of the Russian Navy and the navies of the ASEAN member states to ensure safe maritime commercial activities and shipping.”
It is specified that the drills will run in two stages. These are virtual and naval. Indonesian Defence Minister, Prabowo Subianto, is expected to commence the naval manoeuvres.