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Russian Warships Hold Air Defense Drills in Barents Sea – Defense Ministry

Sputnik News

03:23 18.03.2015(updated 08:12 18.03.2015)

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that about 10 Russian warships led by the Admiral Ushakov torpedo boat have conducted air defense exercises in the Barents Sea as part of the snap Northern Fleet combat readiness drills.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – About 10 Russian warships led by the Admiral Ushakov torpedo boat have conducted air defense exercises in the Barents Sea as part of the Northern Fleet snap drills, the Defense Ministry announced in a statement.

'In the course of the snap Northern Fleet combat readiness drills, a group of diverse strike forces led by the Admiral Ushakov destroyer held joint military exercises with two antisubmarine ship search and strike groups in the Barents Sea,' the statement said.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the ships involved in the exercises practiced maneuvers and the organization of air defense.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to bring the country's Northern Fleet to full alert in a snap combat readiness exercise on March 16. The drills involve 38,000 military personnel, 3,360 pieces of equipment, 41 ships, 15 submarines, and 110 airplanes and helicopters.

The drills will be held in the sea, as well as on the ground and in the air until March 21. Their ultimate goal is to improve the military capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces, according to Russia's Defense Ministry.

Sputnik



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