Russian navy deploys over 40 vessels in occupied Crimea
In the occupied Crimea's naval base of Sevastopol on December 28, more than 40 naval crews of Russia's Black Sea Fleet held military exercises related to the preparation for a long campaign and the use of weapons and technical means, according to the Russian Southern Military District's press service, as reported by 112.ua.
"The crews underwent training for survivability of warships during their anchorage at the piers, as well as practiced counter-sabotage and anti-aircraft defense tactics," 112.ua reports.
"The main tasks for the Black Sea Fleet's naval groups in the 2018 academic year are to ensure the commissioning of new vessels to the combat fleet, as well as to operate as part of a permanent naval grouping in the Mediterranean," the press service noted.
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