Traditionally aviators Pacific Fleet Prof. prazdnichek own mark on April 4. Specifically, in this day 80 years ago in the Far East were formed brigade of heavy bombers and two reconnaissance squadrons.
On the eve of the anniversary of the chief of Naval Air Pacific Fleet Colonel Peter Kiseleva met a special correspondent of the "Red Star".
— Petr, in recent years the structure of naval aviation fleet endured conspicuous configuration. Now that she is like, what the aviators have to solve puzzles?
— The reform we passed a naval missile-carrying aircraft of the Air Force Distant and fighter units — a third of the Eastern Military Command Air Forces neighborhood. In other words, we have departed from the function of the shock component and fighter-air support of troops. As a result, the composition is clearly delineated specifically naval aviation, which is engaged in anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue support ships, special solves puzzles. We are ready to conduct combat actions in the first groupings of different forces.
With all this we have reduced the number of air bases, but the remaining consolidated. For example, now the Nicholas base in Primorye closed and the garrison in the Khabarovsk Territory.
— Your translation from the Northern Fleet in the Pacific Ocean coincided with the development of air bases that were established after the reform of the flight and provide parts. For sure, it was hard to control the aircraft during this period. What has been achieved?
— Similar processes are always different complexity, much less that before such magnitude is simply not there. Difficulties appear even legal nature related to the registration records of mass in a very short time. And, of course, there were difficulties with the organization of flights. After all, we started to practice joint flights with divisions of our neighbors from the Air Force. Take into account the respective experience of the Baltic Sea.
In those years, all aviation regiments and squadrons were flying, make the command of the air force and navy puzzles and immediately reformed. For example, on the Kamchatka Peninsula, under the command of Colonel Alexander Konistyapina air base had been created as a result of the merger of the mixed air regiment with fighter regiment constant alert, all flight crews of which were perfectly prepared to address those or other problems. This first she was different from the others.
After a long hiatus began flying air crews strategic Tu-142. During the flight changes at any time of the day they returned their prof ability.
One of the most important examinations for naval aviation was its role in large-scale exercises with the Pacific Fleet forces and means of several fleets and military districts of the Russian Federation "Vostok-2010". Must pay tribute, she held his dignity.
And certainly noticeable phenomenon in the life of aviation has become a permanent role helicopter crews in combat service in the maritime area of the Horn of Africa as part of the Pacific Fleet units. Whenever the Ka-27 were faithful assistants sailors when posting caravans reflection of pirate attacks on civilian ships.
In fact, in the Gulf of Aden Pacific Fleet used the latest strategy, actively engaging solutions to various problems naval aviation. Specifically, thanks to dominate in the air almost all failed to do in the fight against piracy. A aviators had to fly day and NIGHT MODE, controlling the waters, leading to unsafe areas of exploration, stopping suspicious boats. On board the K-27 and were of counterterrorism activities, which were fire on a pirate boat, alone. For example, during combat service off the coast of Africa, the squadron led by the BOD "Admiral Vinogradov" had to lift into the air on high alert helicopters instructor pilot Colonel Igor Shlykova and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Voronin: There was a report of an attack of three pirate vessels to Dutch container "Nedmold Barens." Only thanks to the helpful fire on board Ka-27 gang was suspended, and later disarmed, taken to the store, handed over to Yemeni authorities.
That's one of the campaigns in the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Fleet, led LMC with a huge anti-submarine ship "Marshal Shaposhnikov" with the help of our envoys were occupied by Somali pirates released the tanker "Moscow University". There was carried out the operation, to the liking of all the past is even more difficult. Found, then the pirate crew of Major Alexander Daniel, and when he began to run fuel, ship hovered over the Ka-27 Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Kovalchuk, keeping the enemy at gunpoint. Point to the same operation to neutralize the bandits put special forces.
A number of our officers awarded municipal awards for valor in combat piracy. Distinguished themselves in the middle of a senior inspector-pilot of the combat training Lt. Col. Vladimir Kovalchuk (he received the Order of Courage from the President of the Russian Federation), navigator, Major Yuri Ignatiev, which at the end of the battle off the coast of Somalia marked the Order "For Military Merit".
— Not so long ago summed up the results of combat training in the past year. What are they?
— We took part in all the activities of the fleet of combat training. Due to the large exercise off the coast of Kamchatka tossed back marine units from the Maritime provide cover for anti-submarine ships, conducted aerial reconnaissance. You can tell by the way north found two foreign submarines in the Sea of Japan, one submarine — in the Kuril Islands. Our planes were flying in the Arctic zone, showing the Russian flag there.
In the process of planning studies were preparing crews, navigators and commanders. Put on the wing of young aviators. In 2011, could not be reached want 100 flight hours in each, came to an average of 60 hours. But it is also completely normal result for our abilities, level of technology. By the way, thanks to the golden hands of Major Vyacheslav Maksacheva and Ensign Basil Drozdenko managed to modernize maritime simulator at the air base, which allowed us to better training of pilots.
In the past year from another trip to the distant shores of Africa came back again successfully performing tasks of combat duty, Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Kovalchuk and Major Alexander Larin. Now they work in unsafe maritime zone continue crews led by Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Kudlaev and Valery Romaniuk. And we are already preparing the next crew to fight pirates — under the command of Major Alexander Zubarev and Oleg Hozhenko. All pilots — from third grade up to 1 — uniformly preparing for the role in this matter.
— Peter A., spending time in the campaigns of the ships of the fleet, had heard of the most experienced helicopter pilots complaints about aging equipment, reduce fleet of sea-based. Maybe there have been some positive moves in this direction?
— The situation with the delivery of new aircraft, such that up to about 2015, we can only rely on the repair and modernization of existing equipment. Because trying to perfect use, strongly supporting their status, planes and helicopters that faithfully serve us for many years.
the repair of our time — a protracted affair. For example, three years on one of the Ural plant is being upgraded ASW helicopter. Soon, I hope, will get it with advanced features. But the planned last year complete renovation with a deep modernization of the Il-38 had to move to the other terms. Still waiting to sign the contracts with CSC for Ilyushin IL's planned modernization.
But in general, still amused that the process of the restoration techniques eventually went. Who is sent to the factory, not including helicopters, An-12, An-26, Tu-134.
At the moment, returned to the company in his native squadron after the repair is one of the Ka-27, and immediately there was a real opportunity to better prepare young aircrew.
Petr Kiselev was born June 28, 1965 in the village of Mordvinovke Tambov region. After school, the boy beckoned rural sky. Dream resulted in Stavropol Higher Aviation School and co behalf of Air Marshal VA Sudtsa. Peter graduated with distinction and was assigned to the air defense system of the country, starting to fly the Su-15. In the upcoming officer has mastered the MiG-25, MiG-31, headed for the title of pilot-sniper. In 1995 he graduated from the Military Academy of the Russian Defense Marshal GK Union Zhukov. In 2002 he accepted the post of commander of the fighter regiment on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and later, in 2008, after studying at the Military Academy of the General Staff — Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet aviation. In December 2009 he was appointed chief of the Pacific Fleet naval aviation.
— And who among aviators in recent years managed to increase proficiency?
— To the young because we include not only the junior officers. Perfectly mastered the IL-18 and IL-38, was a high quality flyer deputy squadron commander, Major Valery Semiganovsky. In full military were trained and 2nd grade his comrades Majors Slyusarev Nicholas, Alexander Khotko, Igor Dobrovolsky.
In the air transport pilot was 1st Class Major Vyacheslav Myasnikov, Class 2 — Major Ruslan Huber.
Try to keep the pilots and navigators, every year coming from aviation schools, flying frequently, not occasionally podymali in the sky, as it was before. Instructors to train them there. The desire to fly, of course, there is. What is missing is serviceable aircraft.
— What lives in the naval aviation these days of springtime?
— Everything is going according to the plan of combat training. Perform, for example, flight tactical exercises at airbases. Getting ready to fly to the role of exercise in large heterogeneous naval forces. And yesterday, for example, the crews IL's squadron commanders and detachment majors Alexander Nechayev and Anton Drozhina flew into the Sea of Japan, which are the teachings of the U.S. Navy and the Republic of Korea. Normally flew: squad opened their ships, conducted aerial reconnaissance. Let the "neighbors" know that Russian pilots did not sleep!
In addition, in the last ten days of March Air Force Base in Primorye organized by fees bomber, torpedo and mine training. We started with the theory, worked in the simulator, and those who successfully passed tests were allowed to fly. In the middle of the best — Kamchatka and coastal crews Tregubenko Captain Nicholas and Alexandra Major Khotko. Together with our planes, getting acquainted with the ground, at sea targets job and the Air Force Command of the 3rd neighborhood.
— Let's go back further Prof. prazdnichkom. They want to spend it?
— It will accept a role not only military personnel and their families. This prazdnichek for all who gave their best years of naval aviation fleet. Means to be a lot of veterans, including visitors from other regions of the country. April 4th we will hold in parts of the public meetings, will lay a wreath at the monument to the dead airmen. The main celebration is transferred to the days of the weekend, not to connect with congratulations. April 7 in Vladivostok will gather at the memorial complex "Battle Glory of the Pacific Fleet,"'ll give tribute to the heroes of aviation, then — on a festive meeting in the House of officers. On the same day scheduled appointment Pacific Fleet Military Council of our veterans. April 8 participants expect boat trip in the Amur Bay and cultural events. And on the day end with a plan to display aircraft at the base area of the transport squadrons.
I heartily congratulate their own colleagues, and all those involved in naval aviation with this prazdnichkom. Excellent health, good home-rear and new victories for the benefit of Motherland!
In pictures: Combat training at sea, behind the onboard paramedic rescue senior warrant officer Edward DERKACH a 10-ka combat services.