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Russian Navy to hold biggest war games in decades

Published time: January 02, 2013 13:07
Edited time: January 02, 2013 17:07
RIA Novosti / Ruslan Alibecov

RIA Novosti / Ruslan Alibecov

The four major Russian Navy fleets will hold a joint exercise in late January in the Mediterranean and Black seas. It will be the biggest such event in decades.

­Commands for the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific fleets have been preparing for the exercises since December of last year, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced. Warships detached for the event are currently sailing to those regions.

“The primary goal of the exercise is to train issues regarding formation of a battle group consisting of troops of different branches outside of the Russian Federation, planning of its deployment and managing a coordinated action of a joint Navy group in accordance with a common plan,” the ministry’s information department explained.

The exercise will include several scenarios, including the loading of amphibious troops from an unprepared coast in the Northern Caucasus onto transport vessels.

The announcement comes days after the launch of the nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh, the third Borei-class strategic submarine cruiser produced in Russia. The vessel, armed with Bulava ICBMs, will become part of the country’s nuclear deterrence force after completing sea trials.

The Russian Navy's five fleets each have their own headquarters. The strongest, the Northern fleet is based in Severomorsk in north-west of the country. The Baltic fleet is based in Kaliningrad, the western Russian enclave on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

The Black Sea fleet is based in Sevastopol, Ukraine, from which Russia rents a naval base. The Pacific fleet is based in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. The Caspian flotilla is the smallest in the Russian Navy, but is the strongest naval force in the enclosed Caspian Sea.

Warships from the four main fleets conduct joint naval drills on regular basis to streamline command and control for  operations. Groups of ships detached from different fleets also often sail for joint missions in the high seas. The patrol in the Mediterranean in August 2012 drew worldwide attention amid rumors that the ships would become involved in the Syrian civil war.

Comments (4)


haroonramoz 02.03.2014 22:46

Because of October 1917 revolution ( Zionist ,Jews,Khazerian,Beas t revolution ) over 40 Million Russian lost thier lives ...Russian people please do not forgat this ,do not let the Animals(Zionist ) take over your land.


John Buettner 27.02.2014 23:16

This is between the Masonic Illuminati led European Union together with the Zionist Israeli Banksters against the conservative militant hardliners in the Russian Government that are beginning to feel surrounded. Its all coming to a head and everyone and I do mean EVERYONE will pay the price.

Anonymous user 19.06.2013 17:18

This is 2013 not 1960, stop messing with each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

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