MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The Russian Navy has recently conducted exercises with minesweepers, submarines, and warships in the Black Sea. This was reported by various sources referring to official information from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Russia has carried out exercises with its submarines in the Black Sea, the Defense Ministry said. As part of the exercise, torpedo firing was carried out underwater. The participating submarines were the Kilo-class B-271 Kolpino and B-262 Stary Oskol of the Black Sea Fleet.
What do the Russian statements say?
The following statements were included in the press release published on the official website of the Russian Defense Ministry.
“ The crews of the Black Sea Fleet [Black Sea Fleet] diesel-electric submarines Kolpino and Stary Oskol fired practical torpedoes from underwater.
During the act, the submarines moved to the combat training zone, carried out a series of preparatory exercises, and submerged to a predetermined depth to fire.
The submarine’s crew successfully completed their assigned tasks. It fired a torpedo underwater at a simulated marine target at an acceptable safe distance from one of the fleet’s vessels.
After firing, a torpedo boat lifted all the torpedoes out of the water. The effectiveness of the use of torpedo launchers by the crews of Black Sea submarines will be assessed after receiving data on target guidance under laboratory conditions. Torpedo firing exercises are a mandatory element of submarine combat training and are carried out according to the approved plan.
Russia conducted anti-mine exercises in the Black Sea.
At the same time, Russia also carried out an anti-mine exercise in the Black Sea. According to the Russian Defense Ministry statement, the mines were laid by the Buyan-M-class corvettes RFS Graivoron, RFS Ingushetia, RFS Vyshny Volochyok, Alexandrite-class minesweeper RFS Ivan Antonov, Natya-class minesweeper RFS Kovrovets. Following the laying of the mines, the Russian Black Sea Fleet conducted a third minefield crossing exercise.
Exercise in the Baltic region
Earlier, it was reported that the Russian Baltic Fleet also carried out exercises of its Su-30SM and Su-30SM2 air squadrons. The objective was to check the operational readiness of the latest upgrade: the Su-30SM2.
According to the VKS, the exercise in the Kaliningrad region is aimed at preparing pilots to destroy command posts, personnel, and convoys of enemy vehicles, including armored fighting vehicles. Aircrews of the Su-30SM and Su-30SM2 are also trained in air combat and landing operations.
Providing air support to the Baltic Fleet is also part of the exercise. The exercise is large-scale in nature. Russian fighters fly and train in a highly maneuverable configuration and conduct reconnaissance activities.
According to the plan of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the participants in this exercise will have to attack 20 targets of different natures. That is mobile, stationary, bunkers, fortified areas, and barracks.