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Russian Black Sea Fleet marines put on full combat alert for drills

March 18, 2015, 8:14 UTC+3
The servicemen are practising counteracting subversive groups and aviation of a simulated enemy
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MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. Units of the marine corps deployed near the town of Temryuk in south Russia’s Krasnodar Territory have been put on full combat alert as part of strategic command and post exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry reported Wednesday.

The servicemen are practising counteracting subversive groups and aviation of a simulated enemy.

The ministry also said Russia’s motorized rifle formation of the Eastern Military District deployed on the island of Sakhalin has been put on highest combat alert as part of a strategic command and post exercise.

Since the beginning of 2015, Russia's armed forces have held more than 30 exercises and drills across the country — from Kaliningrad to the Far East, from the Barents Sea to the Caspian and Black Seas. The exercises range from tactical drills of separate units to command-staff, strategic and international maneuvers. Some of them continue now. The military training involves all service arms — strategic, fighter, attack, bomber and transport aviation, warships and groupings of all fleets and flotillas of the Navy, conventional and rocket-launching artillery, tank and motorised infantry troops.

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