Baltic fleet ships to carry out ten new voyages in upcoming yearIn the second half of 2017, the Baltic fleet ships will take part in the ‘West-2017’ military exercises
KALINIGRAD, December 1 /TASS/. The ships and submarines of the Russian Northern Fleet will carry out voyages to the Arctic, the Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea in the new academic year, which started on Thursday, the fleet’s press service said.
"The Northern Fleet will continue the practice of sending ships to the Arctic, the Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea," the press service quoted Vice-Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov as saying.
Yevmenov said that development and improvement of the Arctic infrastructure as well as the maintenance of the fleet’s high defense capability would be the Northern Fleet’s priorities for the new academic year.
The crews of ships, submarines and supply vessels carried out more than 30 long-distance ships and improved their naval skills in conditions of Arctic seas and other parts of the world ocean in the 2016 academic year.
Russia’s Baltic fleet also has huge plans for the new academic year.
Baltic fleet ships will carry out 10 voyages in the new academic year, Baltic Fleet’s Spokesman Roman Martov said on Thursday.
"Ships and vessels continue fulfilling tasks in and outside the Baltic fleet’s area of responsibility both independently and as part of the permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean. They also call at and pay visits to foreign ports. The ships and vessels will carry out the tasks of 10 combat services in the new academic year which is much more than in the previous period," Martov stressed.
He refused to clarify where exactly the Baltic fleet ships would head to in the future.
In the second half of 2017, the Baltic fleet ships will take part in the ‘West-2017’ military exercises and joint international maneuvers.
was one of (if not) the biggest military excercises of the former Soviet Union, so we can expect great things from Russia on land, air and sea by next year. Edit
: In my opinion, if the Russian MoD decides to establish a "Mediterranean Task Force"
, they should form it from the ships of the Black Sea Fleet
, since it is more close. By saying this, I don't mean that they should relocate everything
(including Admiral Kuznetsov
aircraft carrier and Peter the Great
heavy guided missile cruiser) to Sevastopol. Of course NOT!
What I'm really trying to point out here is that, for example Admiral Grigorovich-class
frigates of the BSF could do very well if they need to attack ground targets (with Kalibr
cruise missiles),or establishing territorial air defense to a certain extent (with its Stihl
SAMs). But not only them, but the majority of the BSF ships (including the Moskva (Slava-class)
cruiser, and the two Krivak-class
frigates) can be a valuable/crucial part of this task force, if needed.