MOSCOW, September 10. /TASS/. About 40 warships and auxiliary vessels of the Caspian Flotilla have put out to sea within the framework of the surprise combat readiness check in Russia’s Central Military District, the press service of the Russian defence ministry said on Thursday.
"The naval force and coastal troops of the Caspian Flotilla have been put on combat alert to drill interaction skills," the press service said. "Crews of about 40 warships and auxiliary vessels have sailed off from their bases in Astrakhan and Makhachkala to the ship dispersal area in the Caspian Sea."
"In all, about 3,000 servicemen and more than 120 weapons units of the Caspian Flotilla take part in the drills within the surprise check," the press service said.