Russian Naval Missile Vessels to Hold Drills in Mediterranean

Sputnik24.09.2015 Russia
Russian Naval Missile Vessels to Hold Drills in Mediterranean

Russian Naval Missile Vessels to Hold Drills in Mediterranean

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Four Russian missile vessels from the Black Sea Fleet will hold exercises in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a source from the Southern Military District said Tuesday.

According to the source, two of the ships are currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.

“The Black Sea sailors will hold a number of exercises in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea,” the source told RIA Novosti.

The source did not specify the type of exercises or in which exact region the naval exercises would be held.

Mean while, Russia’s Northern Fleet wrapped up large-scale week-long exercises in the Arctic after successfully launching 12 sea- and ground-launched cruise missiles, the Head of the fleet press service said Monday.

"The Northern Fleet’s united strategic command forces were tasked with defending the Arctic shore and Russia’s island range, simulating various scenarios of existing and potential threats," Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga quoted the fleet’s commander, Adm. Vladimir Korolev, as saying.

Serga listed the drills’ main objectives, including repelling airstrikes with the use of defense missile systems, carrying out counter-amphibious assault operations by Arctic units in cooperation with sea-based forces, as well as contact firing of sea- and land-based cruise missiles.

The Arctic drills encompassed dozens of tactical exercises, including cruise missile launches conducted by the crew of two Project 949A Antey (NATO reporting name Oscar-II) nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Some 50 warships, submarines and other vessels, as well as over 10 aircraft, took part in the military exercises on the Barents and Laptev seas.

Source: Sputnik; RIA Novosti



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