Russian ships and aviation conducted exercises in the Black Sea
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Hardy

Ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) conducted exercises at sea with aircraft from the Southern Military District (YuVO). This was reported by “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the fleet.

“More than 20 ships of the Black Sea Fleet have worked out joint training with the crews of the Su-25SM3 attack aircraft of the Air Force and Air Defense Association of the Southern Military District,” the message says.


A detachment of Black Sea Fleet ships took part in the exercises. Among them were frigates “Admiral Makarov” and “Admiral Essen”, small missile ships “Grayvoron” and “Vyshny Volochek”, as well as missile boats and small anti-submarine ships.

They conducted exercises “to repel the air attack means of a mock enemy using active electronic jamming and the mock use of air defense means.”

“In turn, three squadrons of attack aircraft of the Southern Military District conducted training on approaching a combat course, the conditional use of missile weapons for the detachment and withdrawal from the retaliatory strike of naval air defense systems,” the press release said.

It was noted that “the flights were performed at extremely low altitudes in difficult hydrometeorological conditions.”

As noted at the headquarters of the fleet, these exercises were planned. They were carried out “in accordance with the plan of the control check of the Black Sea Fleet forces during the winter period of training in the general tactical concept of the check check of the Southern Military District.”

Earlier, more than 50 aircraft of the Southern Military District were transferred to Crimea as part of a control check.

Meanwhile, Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on flights over parts of Crimea and the Black Sea. They will operate from 20 to 24 April. In addition, from April 24 to October 31, the Russian Federation suspended the exercise of the right of innocent passage through its territorial waters for foreign warships and other state vessels in a number of regions of the Black Sea. This prohibition does not apply to navigation through the Kerch Strait.