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Russian Baltic Fleet warships strike air, naval and coastal targets in drills

The drills involved the Fleet’s corvettes Boiky, Stoiky, Soobrazitelny and Steregushchiy
Boiky corvette Vitaly Nevar/TASS
Boiky corvette
© Vitaly Nevar/TASS

KALININGRAD, April 4. /TASS/. The Russian Baltic Fleet’s warships accomplished assignments for repelling a notional enemy’s air attack and delivered an artillery strike against sea and coastal targets during planned military exercises in the Baltic Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday.

The drills involved the Baltic Fleet’s corvettes Boiky, Stoiky, Soobrazitelny and Steregushchiy, the press office specified.

"Under the drills’ scenario, the Fleet’s reconnaissance spotted a massive take-off of a notional enemy’s aircraft with the aim of destroying the Fleet’s naval group staying in one of the areas of the Baltic Sea," the press office said.

The shipborne radars locked on several groups of air targets. Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bombers and Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the Fleet’s naval aviation acted as a notional enemy, simulating high-speed and low-flying air targets.

"The naval strike group comprising the corvettes Boiky, Stoiky, Soobrazitelny and Steregushchiy repelled the enemy air attacks. As the targets approached the firing line, the corvettes’ crews simultaneously conducted live-fire from the shipborne AK-630 and A-190 guns against illuminating air bombs at various altitudes and distances and destroyed the notional enemy’s aircraft.

During their deployment to sea, the corvettes’ crews held a set of artillery fire exercises against large and small sea shields simulating a group of a notional enemy’s warships. Besides, the corvettes delivered fire against buoy fields that were outside direct visibility and simulated the enemy coastal artillery.

The Fleet’s press office reported earlier on Thursday that more than 20 warships and logistics vessels and boats had left their permanent bases and sailed to the designated areas of the Baltic Sea for accomplishing tactical assignments.