Chinese and Russian naval forces on Monday concluded their joint military exercise in the waters off the southern province of Guangdong, pledging to enhance practical cooperation.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the drill, which ran from Sept. 13 to 19, Wang Hai, deputy commander of the Chinese Navy, lauded the exercise as successful and the activity had achieved the desired aim.

Wang said the drill had improved the actual combat capabilities, informationization and standardization of the two navies, adding that they will expand practical cooperation and boost communication.

Alexander Fedotenkov, deputy commander of the Russian Navy, said the two navies shared theoretical and practical experience and were engaged in sound collaboration throughout the exercise.

Fedotenkov said the two sides will maintain close marine cooperation ties, deal with new challenges and threats, and together safeguard world peace and regional stability.

The “Joint Sea 2016” drill featured surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, marines and amphibious armored equipment.