Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District’s press center said that more than 50 Russian warships and support vessels are preparing to begin naval exercises in the Caspian Sea.
“At present, the crews have begun developing and completing practical operations of preparing the ships for sail in the sea and preparing for combat operations. Over the remaining two months of the winter training period [March and April], each ship will complete a complex of ship combat operations and exercises, in which missile and artillery fire will be used against marine, coastal, and air targets,” the press service said in a statement.
Earlier last month, Russian warships have searched for mines and submarines in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the framework of the Southern Military District combat readiness check drills, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The naval units “have carried out tasks to ensure a favorable operational regime in the maritime areas of the Black and Caspian Seas,” the statement said.
According to the statement, minesweeper groups have started exercise search for mines and minefields, interacting with naval aviation aircraft. The drills include the use of electromagnetic, acoustic and contact trawls, the statement added.
“Submarine search strike groups are performing tasks of searching and finding submarines of a simulated enemy,” the statement read.