Russian Navy to conduct naval drills involving more than 140 warships

The Russian Navy has revealed plans to conduct a series of cross-country naval exercises which will involve more than 140 warships, 1,000 pieces of military equipment, 10,000 troops and 60 aircraft.

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According to the Russian Navy, the main focus of the exercises, planned for January and February this year, is interoperability of Navy and Aerospace Forces, as well as countering “military threats to the Russian Federation from sea and ocean directions.”

Combat training activities will be held under the general supervision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov. The operations will cover the entire area next to Russian territory. Specifically, this includes the territories in the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, the northeast Atlantic and the Pacific. 

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The navy officials also announced that from January 18 to 22 of this year, the Russian-Chinese-Iranian naval exercise CHIRU-2Q22 is being held in the Gulf of Oman.

From the Russian side, a detachment of ships of the Pacific Fleet (Pacific Fleet) takes part in it.

The servicemen of the three countries will carry out artillery firing at a sea target, practice joint maneuvering, organize search operations and release a ship seized by pirates.

In the future, a detachment of Pacific Fleet ships will continue to move to the Mediterranean Sea, where, together with the forces of the Northern and Baltic Fleets, they will take part in the exercises of the inter-fleet grouping of the Navy.

On January 15 this year, a detachment of ships of the Baltic and Northern Fleets, consisting of six large landing ships, left the port of Baltiysk and proceeded to move to the exercise area in the Mediterranean Sea. Currently, detachments of ships are on the way to the North Sea.