SIMFEROPOL, October 18. / TASS /. The crews of more than 40 warships and ships of the Black Sea Fleet participated in massive force-on-force maneuvers of Russia’s Southern Military District at the Opuk training ground in Crimea, reported Monday the fleet press office.
“During the exercises, the coastal defense troops of the Black Sea Fleet practiced anti-subversive coastal defense and combat against amphibious assault groups and warships,” the press office said in a statement.
“In the scenario of the exercises, the fire support ships comprising the cruiser Moskva, the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, the missile corvette Ingushetia, the missile ships Naberezhniye Chelny and R-60 suppressed the coastal defense by rockets. and artillery on board to seize and keep a beachhead for an amphibious assault, after which they disembarked naval assault groups from boats and high-speed craft, “the statement said.
Simultaneously, crews of tactical and operational aircraft of the Black Sea Fleet and Naval Aviation practiced operations approaching the landing site to suppress the defense against anti-amphibious assaults, delivering strikes against enemy positions . Following this, the large amphibious assault ships of the Black Sea Fleet Saratov, Novocherkassk and Tsezar Kunikov landed marines with equipment on the shore unequipped. The Forpost and Orlan-10 drones exercised control over the destruction of targets and the setting of artillery fire, the press office said.
Massive command and staff exercises began on October 13 on the practice fields of the Southern Military District. The maneuvers will also involve units from the military bases of the Southern Military District stationed in Abkhazia, Armenia and South Ossetia, as well as Black Sea Fleet forces. and the Caspian Flotilla which will practice missions in the Black and Caspian seas.
The exercises take place as part of a general scenario and as part of a final inspection of the district troops for the 2021 training year under the direction of the Commander of the Southern Military District, Army General Alexander Dvornikov, the statement said.
Overall, the exercises brought together around 8,000 people and up to 350 items of armament and military equipment from the air force, air force and air defense forces and other units and formations, as well as the forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla.