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Russian warships destroy imaginary enemy submarine during Baltic drills

June 15, 2014, 11:57 UTC+3 KALININGRAD
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KALININGRAD, June 15 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Baltic Fleet warships have destroyed an imaginary enemy submarine in large-scale military drills continuing in the country’s westernmost Kaliningrad region, a Baltic Fleet spokesman said on Sunday.

“The crews of the Soobrazitelny and Steregushchy corvettes have successfully performed the tasks of searching for, detecting and destroying an imaginary enemy submarine,” head of the information support department of the Western Military District press office for the Baltic Fleet, Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev said.

Russia started on Tuesday military exercises of the Baltic Fleet, Airborne Troops and Air Force in the Kaliningrad Region, its exclave on the Baltic Sea coast. The exercises are taking place simultaneously with NATO’s international drills Saber Strike 2014 and BALTOPS 2014 in Europe.

Under the scenario of Russia’s Baltic drills, an imaginary enemy submarine had presumably moved into the area of a Russian warship grouping to destroy it, the spokesman said.

In order to promptly solve the task of destroying the imaginary enemy submarine, the Russian Baltic Fleet corvettes and a Kamov Ka-27 Helix helicopter had been dispatched to the designated area, the spokesman said.

The helicopter that was hovering above the sea used acoustic means of submarine detection to locate the target and transmit coordinates to the corvette crews, the spokesman said.

The Baltic Fleet crews implemented a set of measures to classify and track the submarine, after which it was “destroyed” with the corvettes’ torpedoes, the spokesman said.

During their two-day raid, the Baltic Sea corvettes also successfully practiced artillery fire, simulated a battle to repel the attacks by small targets and aircraft and performed missions for joint maneuvering, interaction and communication, the Baltic Fleet spokesman said.

“The concluding stage of combat training for the corvettes will be their participation in the drills of a multiservice fleet grouping to practice an amphibious landing onto a rough terrain,” Matveyev said.

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