Russian Black Sea Fleet warships hit complex target at naval drills

ITAR-TASS — July 7, 2014

Taking part in the naval drills, Russian Bora-class hoverborne guided missile corvette Samum. Click to enlarge

Taking part in the naval drills, Russian Bora-class hoverborne guided missile corvette Samum. Click to enlarge

Warships of Russian Black Sea Fleet has successfully hit a complex target at naval drills to the southwest of Tarkhankut Cape, the press service of Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

The target imitated a convoy of enemy’s warships. Missile-carrying warship Samum, small missile-carrying warship Shtil and two missile motorboats conducted joint missile fire drills.

Different types of surface targets were used to mark imaginary enemy’s warships.

Warplanes Sukhoi Su-24 of maritime aviation from a naval base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet which drills bombings of surface warships participated in a strike on a sophisticated target position.

Large-scale Black Sea Fleet naval exercises involving about 20 warships and vessels, more than 20 warplanes and helicopters, marines and coastal artillery guns began on July 4. The area of war games embraces the whole sea area of the Black Sea.

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Admiral Alexander Vitko is in command of naval exercises.

It was reported earlier that a grouping of NATO warships had entered the Black Sea to participate in international naval exercises Breeze 2014 off Bulgarian

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Breeze 2014 military drills start in Black Sea

Naval Technology.com — July 7, 2014

The Bulgarian Navy and six other Nato nations have started the annual military drill Breeze 2014 in the Black Sea, marking the latest effort to support Eastern European members in the midst of the Ukraine crisis.

Aimed at enhancing Nato solidarity and readiness in the region, the drill involves fewer participants due to the unrest in Ukraine, which hosted the event in previous years.

The standing Nato mine counter-measures group two (SNMCMG2) will also be present.

Led by Captain Giovanni Piegaja from the Italian Navy, the team comprises Italian Navy vessels, including the ITS Aviere frigate and ITS Rimini, in addition to the Turkish Navy’s TCG AKÇAY and the UK Navy’s HMS Chiddingfold.

Other countries involved include Romania, Greece and the US.

Captain Piegaja said that during SNMCMG2′s deployment in the Black Sea, the team will work with international partners to improve its operational and tactical capacity and interoperability in a multi-threat environment.

“Our deployment is a clear demonstration of our commitment to [the] alliance’s strong solidarity and collective defence,” Piegaja said.

Overall, the ten-day exercise involves over 1,000 Bulgarian marines and 15 ships and cutters, in addition to two helicopters and two planes, together with a US guided-missile cruiser and US aircraft.

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