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Caspian Flotilla ships to drill rebuffing oil platform attacks

October 02, 2012, 10:49 UTC+3
Among other tasks is the protection of Russia’s navigation and facilities of the national oil production in the Caspian Sea from potential threats, including from terrorist...
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MOSCOW, October 2 (Itar-Tass) — A squadron of ships of the Caspian Flotilla on Tuesday will put to sea to fulfil tasks aimed at ensuring security of Russia’s economic activity in the Caspian Sea, spokesman for the Southern Military District Colonel Igor Gorbul told Itar-Tass.

According to him, the squadron comprises the flagship of the Caspian Flotilla – the Tatarstan missile ship and the MB-58 sea tug.

“The crews of ships jointly with the Marines participating in the exercise will drill actions to repel attacks on oil and gas platforms,” Gorbul said. Among other tasks is the protection of Russia’s navigation and facilities of the national oil production in the Caspian Sea from potential threats, including from terrorist attacks, as well as monitoring the production of hydrocarbons, biological resources in the so-called disputed areas of the sea.

In addition, the head of the Southern Military District press service said, the ships’ squadron will call at the port of Aktau (Kazakhstan) on a business visit and will pay an unofficial visit to the port of Baku (Azerbaijan).

“During the voyage the ships will cover a distance of over 1,500 miles in the Caspian Sea,” Gorbul added.

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