China-Saudi Arabia “Blue Sword-2023” naval special operations joint training launched the maritime training courses on October 23, entering the phase of comprehensive exercise and training.

The participants from both sides have finished two weeks of basic training and specialized training since October 9. In the current phase, they will carry out training on rescue, reconnaissance and support, focusing on courses such as fast-roping from helicopter, tactical group training, climbing warships, drone operation, observation device operation, and ship-to-sea firing. The Chinese side has dispatched a landing ship with two helicopters to participate in the joint maritime training.

On the last day of this maritime training phase, both sides’ troops will conduct a comprehensive drill on rescuing the hijacked merchant ships by force at sea.