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Russia warship conducts anti-submarine drill in South China Sea - agencies

(Reuters) - Russia's Pacific Fleet frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov has conducted an anti-submarine exercise in the South China Sea, Russian news agency reported on Monday, citing the fleet's press service.

After detecting a mock enemy submarine and confirming its coordinates from a helicopter crew, the warship fired torpedoes and depth charges - anti-submarine warfare weapons, the agency reported, the Interfax news agency reported.

A detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet warships, including the fleet's flagship the Varyag cruiser, and the Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate are on a "long-distance voyage," which includes the Asia-Pacific region, Interfax reported.

Russia's RIA state news agency reported that the ships left the port of Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East, on Jan. 22.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Michael Perry)