Ministry of Defence of Russia has announced major naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea involving 25 vessels and 30 planes. The exercise will last September 1-8. The drills will involve anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-mining exercises.
The exercises hold great significance as they have come at a time when Russia and West share high tensions over the rebel-held area of Idlib in Syria.
The statement of the Russian Defence Ministry read, “In accordance with the training plan of the Russian Armed Forces, large-scale drills of the grouping of forces of the Russian Navy and the Aerospace Force will be conducted on September 1-8, 2018 in the Mediterranean Sea under the direction of Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov”.
Warships of Fleets of Northern, Baltic and Black Sea along with the Caspian Flotilla will participate in the same. In addition, long-range, naval aviation and military transport aircraft will take part.
Russian military plans that missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov will lead a group of 25 vessels and warships.
The Russian Defence Ministry stated, “In the International airspace, training tasks will be practiced by about 30 aircraft, including the strategic Tu-160 missile-carrying bombers, the Tu-142 MK and II-38 anti-submarine warfare planes, Su-33 fighter jets and the Su-30 SM aircraft of naval aviation”.