MOSCOW, September 10. /TASS/. About one thousand Marines of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla have begun live firing practice, which is part of the surprise combat readiness checks of Russia’s military units in the Central Military District declared earlier this week, Colonel Gennady Gnezdilov, deputy chief of the Russian Navy’s coastal forces said on Thursday.
"The Marines have begun a number of control measures, including live firing practice with the use of standard small arms and weapons mounted on combat vehicles, tactical operations and combat vehicles’ drive tests across rugged terrain, Gnezdilov said.
He said more than 100 pieces of military hardware were involved in the firing practice.According to earlier reports, about 40 naval and support ships of the Caspian Flotilla left for high seas. Some Marines were moved to the artillery proving ground Pesko and Adanak. A total of 3,000 troops and 120 pieces of military equipment are involved in the combat readiness check on the Caspian.
The surprise combat readiness checks in the Central Military District began last Monday, with aviation from other military districts, airborne troops and military transport aviation taking part. All in all the checks encompass 95,000 troops, 7,000 pieces of military hardware on the ground, and 170 aircraft.