The Russian Black Sea Fleet began large-scale military exercises on Wednesday, January 26. According to the official data, more than 20 ships went to the exercises.
“Frigates, patrol ships, small missile ships and missile boats, amphibious assault ships, small anti-submarine ships, as well as minesweepers are involved in carrying out tasks according to the exercise plan,” the Black Sea Fleet said in a statement.
As stated, the forces “left the bases of Sevastopol and Novorossiysk,” after which they went to the designated areas of the Black Sea.
“During the transition to the designated areas, the crews of the ships will conduct a number of exercises and training on organizing communications, safe manoeuvring in areas with heavy shipping, and organizing air defence at sea,” the press release of the Black Sea Fleet said.
Earlier it was reported that, in accordance with the training plan of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for 2022, in January-February, a series of naval exercises are being held in all areas of responsibility of the fleets. The main focus of the exercises is to work out the actions of the Navy and Aerospace Forces to protect Russian national interests in the world Ocean.
It is expected that the exercises will cover the waters of the seas adjacent to the Russian territory, as well as operationally important areas of the World Ocean. Separate exercises will be held in the waters of the Mediterranean, Northern, Okhotsk Seas, in the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Pacific Ocean.