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Russian maneuvers in the Baltic Sea – continuation of the parade

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WARSAW, (BM) – The Russians have started the practical phase of the great sea maneuvers in the Baltic Sea “Okieanskij Szczyt-2020”. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, more than 30 ships of various classes and types, naval aviation and land units of the Baltic Fleet are to take part in it.

The Russian defense ministry informed that, under the command of the commander-in-chief of the Sea Fleet, Admiral Nikolai Yevmeniov, the “Ocean Shield-2020” sea maneuvers in the Baltic Sea began. This is not the beginning of these exercises, because their staff part began, as traditionally, just after the Main Naval Parade, held on July 27, 2020.

The Russians approached the whole matter very practically, because in this case they use the naval forces which they were anyway grouped for shows in St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. Additionally, they use other ships – which are part of the Baltic Fleet.

The “Oceanic Shield” maneuvers are to officially check the actual readiness of marching vessels to perform tasks in accordance with their intended purpose. In addition, it is also a unique opportunity for the cooperation of ships from various Russian Fleets – including, in particular, the Northern Fleet. The entire exercise will involve a total of over 30 vessels, naval aviation, coastal units, anti-aircraft units and marines.

According to the official announcement, in the first stage of the exercise, the ships have already left the homing points, while carrying out anti-mine missions with the support of specialized vessels: minehunters and minesweepers.

Currently, ship teams practice anti-aircraft defense, detection and fighting surface and submarines, such as “landing tactical assault forces”. The Russians also announce that during the maneuvers, practical shooting of anti-ship missiles and anti-aircraft missiles will be carried out, the ZOP armament will be used, and artillery shooting will also be carried out.

The “Oceanic Shield-2020” exercises are to end with the transfer of the ship’s forces to their permanent bases in the Baltic, as well as in the Northern and Black Sea Fleets and the Caspian Flotilla. In fact, the maneuver route has probably been designed so that these crossing routes also coincide with those marked in the exercise scenario – especially for vessels crossing the Danish Straits.

So far, it is not known exactly which ships are involved in the maneuvers. The photos published during the maneuvers by Minoborona show that among them it would be: a small missile ship “Chuvashia” (project 1241 of the “Monia-1” type), two small missile ships “Passat” and “Liwien” (project 1234 of the “Ówod” “), A small missile ship” Sierpukhov “(project 21631 of the” Bujan-M “type), a missile corvette” Stojkij “(project 20280), a large anti-submarine ship” Vice-admiral Kulakov “(project 1155) and two large landing ships” Korolev “And” Minsk “(project 775).

The official announcement, however, most likely used photos from the sea parade near Kronstadt, and the actual composition of the exercising forces was strengthened at least by vessels – presented on the Neva River in St. Aleksandrit “), missile frigate” Admiral Fłota Kasatonov “(project 22350), submarine” Sankt-Peterburg “(project 677 type” Lada “), missile boat” Dimitrovgrad “(project 1241 type” Molnia “), small missile ships” Mitiszczi “,” and “Soviets” (project 22800 of the “Karakurt” type) and a small missile ship “Wielki Ustiug” (project 21631 of the “Bujan-M” type).

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