Sevastopol, January 31. /TASS/. Naval groups of Black Sea Fleet combat ships have returned to their home bases in the Crimean Peninsula and Novorossiysk after large-scale exercises in the Black Sea, the Fleet Press Office reported on Monday. .
“At naval combat training ranges, the crews of warships operating as part of combined arms and type-specific tactical groups performed combat training tasks of engaging in naval battle and to hold artillery fire against targets simulating hypothetical enemy warships and air attack weapons,” the press office said in a statement.
Warship crews conducted communications, damage control, air defense and anti-submarine warfare drills as well as an anti-sabotage defense drill for the ships while at anchor in a dangerous roadstead and in transit by sea, the press office said.
After carrying out the planned maintenance measures and replenishing the stocks, the crews of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet will continue to perform the assigned missions. The planned maneuvers of the Black Sea Fleet forces that ended involved more than 20 combat ships of various classes, in particular frigates, guard ships, missile corvettes and missile boats, amphibious assault ships, small anti-submarine warfare vessels and also mine countermeasure vessels,” the statement read.
In accordance with the Russian Armed Forces Training Plan 2022, a series of naval exercises are being held in January-February this year in all areas of responsibility of the Navy fleets under the overall command of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. Chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov.
The naval maneuvers will focus on actions taken by the navy and aerospace force to protect Russia’s national interests in the global ocean and counter military threats to Russia from the seas and oceans.
The exercises will cover the seas adjacent to Russian territory as well as operationally significant areas of the global ocean. Separate exercises will take place in the Mediterranean, North and Okhotsk Seas, in the Northeast Atlantic and in the Pacific Ocean.
Overall, the massive exercises will bring together more than 140 warships and support vessels, more than 60 aircraft, 1,000 military equipment and around 10,000 troops.