Russia starts military exercise in Baltic Sea
Russian Baltic Fleet (Photo:Russian Ministry of Defense)
A command-and-staff exercise has begun in Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast with the participation of over 1,500 servicemen, a dozen warships, as well as the Air Force, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Dec. 16, citing the Russian Baltic Fleet's press service.
As part of the training, warship tactical groups will leave their bases at the appointed time and deploy fleet forces in the designated areas of the Baltic Sea to perform training tasks.
The personnel will conduct "practical missile and artillery fire drills to destroy the ships and aircraft of a simulated enemy."
The warship tactical groups are scheduled to exercise interoperability of sailing, repulsing an air attack by a simulated enemy while firing at airborne targets and conducting sea fighting drills.
In early December, NATO’s air policing aircraft conducted four alert scrambles in response to international aviation rule violations by Russian military planes in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
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