A patrol team consisting of four China Marine Surveillance ships conducted a formation practice near Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea on Monday.
The two-hour practice session was conducted smoothly but a helicopter scheduled to take part was not able to do so because of adverse weather.
The CMS patrol sailed from South China's coastal city of Sanya in Hainan on June 26 to the South China Sea to conduct regular operations. The team is expected to travel more than 2,400 nautical miles (4,500 km) during the patrols.
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