Mezhflotskaya grouping Navy ships in the Black Sea and Northern Fleets came out in the long march to the Atlantic Ocean, during which he will hold teaching and interaction will work with the Strategic Air Force and submarines of the Northern Fleet, said Tuesday the spokesman of the General Staff of the Navy.
Upon completion of the trans-Atlantic move ships will visit Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and then switch back — Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, reports
"The goal of the campaign — a demonstration of St. Andrew’s flag, tasks of combat duty in distant ocean campaigns, strengthening cooperation with the Navy in Latin America and Africa," said the representative of the staff.
"In the squad included the guided-missile cruiser" Moskva "Black Sea Fleet (the flagship unit), large anti-submarine ship" Vice-Admiral Kulakov "the Northern Fleet, and a large sea tanker" Ivan Bubnov "and seagoing tug MB-304 BSF", — he clarified.
Originally it was planned that mezhflotskaya group will be formed of three fleets of ships — the Black Sea, the North Sea and the Baltic. However, according to the received orders, plan to include in her Baltic Fleet patrol ship "Yaroslav the Wise" was released in June in the Atlantic for combat service in the far zone of the ocean, which now continues to fulfill its tasks, then return to Baltiysk. "Thus," Yaroslav the Wise "in Latin America will not go" — said the representative of the General Staff.
He noted that the ships of the Black Sea Fleet from the mezhflotskoy group actually already went camping. Today went from Sevastopol "Ivan Bubnov," who took a course on the Black Sea straits. "July 3 will be released from Sevastopol missile cruiser" Moskva "in the company of sea tug MB-304. Black Sea ships passing the straits area, proceed to the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, where they will be joined "Vice-Admiral Kulakov". Then the group will boost the Strait of Gibraltar and out into the Atlantic. "
According to some data, July 13-16, Russian ships will visit the Portuguese port of Lisbon for crew rest and resupply. Then the group will start transatlantic crossing, during which he will hold exercises to combat surface ships, submarines and enemy aircraft. "There is work out the interaction with a group of Air Force strategic bombers and submarines of the Northern Fleet. The ships will perform rocket and artillery fire, with their decks will be flown helicopters of naval aviation, "- said the official. In particular, the cruiser "Moskva" will apply their main strike weapons, supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles "Volcano". Regular missile and artillery weapons will fire and "Vice-Admiral Kulakov".
Upon completion of the transition ships paid a business visit port of Havana, Corinto (Nicaragua), La Guaira (Venezuela). Will be restocked water, fuel, food, and Russian crews will be guests of the seamen of the Latin American countries.
After that, the ships of the Navy at the end of August, will return transatlantic crossing rate to the African continent. In the first half of September, they will enter the port of Praia (Cape Verde). Next group will head to the Mediterranean Sea in late September and will make a routine visit to the Spanish port of Ceuta. After the visit, the ships will spend some time in the Mediterranean, performing the tasks of combat service. "Ocean mezhflotskoy campaign groups will be completed in mid-October," — summed up the representative of the staff.