Russia to hold major naval drills in Mediterranean

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”.

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