Russian Navy Starts Battle Drills in Barents Sea – Defense Ministry
06:14 18.03.2015(updated 08:00 18.03.2015)
The Russian defense ministry announced that the country's Navy has started battle drills in the Barents Sea as a part of Russian Northern Fleet snap drills that will last until March 21.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Navy has started battle drills in the Barents Sea that will include torpedo and artillery shooting, the country's defense ministry has announced in a statement.
'During the snap combat readiness drills of the Northern Fleet, tactical strike groups of missile carriers, anti-submarine ships and minesweepers…are practicing naval combat operations with the ship strike groups of the designated 'enemy' in the Barents Sea,' the statement said.
According to the statement, the ships involved in the exercise will carry out various kinds of torpedo and artillery shooting and will practice minesweeping operations.
One of the exercises will involve a 'landing operation on an unequipped coast,' the ministry said.
Earlier, the ministry reported that Russian anti-submarine warfare and missile carriers have successfully countered a fighter jet 'attack' during military exercises in the Barents Sea.
The exercises are part of Russian Northern Fleet snap drills that will last until March 21 and include land, sea and air activities.
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 main goal of the current snap drills is to assess combat readiness of Russian forces deployed in the Arctic region, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
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