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The General Staff: Russia's naval forces have completed the exercise goals in the Mediterranean Sea

11.02.2013 11:28

On January 31, on board the Moskva, Guards Missile Cruiser, which arrived in the Cypriot port of Limassol, the results of the Russian Navy's largest in recent years exercise that was held from 19 to 29 January in the Black and Mediterranean Seas were summed up.

For analysis, and summarizing results, the exercise commander, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Postnikov-Streltsov visited the exercise area at the final stage. During the active phase of the exercise, he led its course from the Central Command Post of the General Staff, says the ITAR-TASS referring to the Press and Information Management of the Ministry of Defense of the RF.

This, the largest in the last two decades, naval exercise involved the ships of the Baltic, Northern and Black Sea fleets, submarines, strategic and operational-tactical aircraft, marine units and special forces.

During the exercise combat, special and support ships have passed more than 21 thousand miles, made 33 battle exercises, 29 battle firings using rocket, artillery and anti-submarine weapons.

Also during the exercise a new control system of the Navy inter-fleet group was successfully tested. The main governing body was the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces that ran the actions of ships in real-time mode with the sophisticated secure automated control system. Controls functioned properly and securely, ensuring exchange of information even in conditions of active electronic countermeasures.

In general, according to the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the exercise's mission to demonstrate naval presence in the far sea zone, military strength and resolution to use it has been fulfilled. Military authorities and force the Navy forces are ready to execute the tasks for the intended purpose in the far sea zone, it is stated in a message by the Defense Ministry.