After being airlifted to the Uspensky training range by helicopter, Putin received a progress report from the district's Commander Konstantin Sidenko and climbed the observation deck, from which he watched the maneuvers.
Director of the Russian Armed Forces' Main Combat Training Department Ivan Buvaltsev provided a running commentary on the exercises to the president.
After one of the stages of the drills was completed, Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu flew over the area of the exercises in a helicopter.
The exercises aimed at assessing the combat readiness of the Eastern Military District's forces were launched on July 13, involving units of the Central and Eastern Military Districts, the Pacific Fleet, as well as the country's strategic and military transport aviation.
The drills will also help analyze the quality of the soldiers' skills, as well as the extent to which the district's units are equipped with weapons and military hardware.
The event involves up to 160,000 servicemen, around 1,000 tanks and combat armored vehicles, 130 airplanes and helicopters, including strategic and military transport airplanes, fighter jets and bombers, as well as 70 naval ships and other vessels.
Six formations of different forces of the Russian Pacific Fleet fulfilled several training combat tasks to search for and find submarines of conventional enemy in the designated area of the Sea of Okhotsk during massive snap drills of the troops of the Eastern Military District, the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry said.
“The reconnaissance actions were taken by the search striking groups of warships with the use of underkeel, dipping and towed sonars. The warplanes Il-38 of the Pacific Fleet maritime aviation were used for the anti-submarine support of the tasks,” the Defence Ministry said.
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Meanwhile, the warships continued to fulfil the task of the search for mines.
“Over a worse weather forecast in next three days in the Sea of Okhotsk and a possible rough sea up to four points, the warships and vessels of logistic support have provided the appropriate preparatory conditions to fulfil the tasks in the conditions of storm and a worse visibility,” the Defence Ministry noted. “The trainings of the officers on duty and signalmen on duty were conducted onboard the warships,” the ministry said.
The guards missile cruiser Varyag, big submarine chasers Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Vinogradov, big landing ships Oslyabya and Nikolai Vilkov, the destroyer Bystry, small anti-submarine ships, missile-carrying cutters and logistic support vessels are involved in the snap drills.
Massive snap drills of the troops and the forces of the Eastern and Central Military Districts are being held on July 13-20 on the orders from the Russian president. About 160,000 servicemen, about 1,000 tanks and combat armoured vehicles, 130 warplanes of long-range, military transport, fighter, bombing and army aviation, as well as 70 warships and vessels are involved in the snap drills.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has arrived on the Far-Eastern island of Sakhalin where he will chair a conference on the problems of development encountered in the Sakhalin region, the only fully insular constituent territory of the country. He also attends the massive military-readiness drill has been taking place in Russia's Far East since Soviet-era.
The conference is bound to see a very representative attendance, including the federal ministers in charge of economic development, the energy sector, healthcare, transport, regional development policies, as well as the head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries, and executives of a number of large corporations - Rosneft, RZD, RusGidro, Gazprom, and Aeroflot.
Right from the airport, Putin contacted by videoconference the Orlan drilling platform located in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northern sector of Sakhalin’s continental shelf.
The platform was built as part of the Sakhalin-1 project and it is almost fifty meters tall. The drilling from it began in 2005 and its job has been finished by now - it has drilled 21 wells.
In addition, Putin will visit the Uspenskoye testing range where he will watch combat simulation by units of Russia’s Eastern Military District (EMD).
Together with the Central Military District, the branches and services of the EMD are performing exercise tasks, while ships of the Pacific Fleet are engaged in the simultaneous war games in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan.
The amassed inspection of combat readiness of the EMD and the CMD was launched at Putin’s order July 13.
The exercise is thought to be the largest of its kind in the post-Soviet period. It includes naval forces, strategic bomber aircraft, missile-defense teams, tactical and strategic missiles, infantry, and armored vehicles.
In all, some 160,000 soldiers, 1,000 tanks, 130 aircraft, and 70 naval vessels have been participating.
An unspecified number of Tu-95MS strategic nuclear bomber aircraft reportedly were being readied for combat missions at an airbase in the Amur region. An armored brigade with some 100 tanks made a 1,100-kilometer rail journey from Buryatia to the Tsugol testing ground in Chita Oblast.
Tuesday night, Putin will take a flight to the East-Siberian city of Chita where he will chair a conference on the social and economic situation and the development of private enterprise in the Trans-Baikal territory.
On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the progress of the exercise in the Far East military district. The president watched the manoeuvres at the Uspenovsky practice ground.
At the end of a stage of training Putin flew over the exercise area in a helicopter accompanied by Minister of Defence Sergey Shoigu and the district commander.
A large-scale military exercise has kicked off in Russia’s Eastern Military District. The 36th Army has been put on “high alert” as part of massive snap drills to improve the military’s combat readiness.
The army has been given a two days’ deadline for redeployment. “The 5th tank brigade with the 36th army of the Eastern Military District has been ordered to set out from its Ulan Ude base and move to the Tsugol training ground,” a Defense Military source has said.
About two hundreds of armoured vehicles will be redeployed by train. Another 60 wheeled vehicles will be driven 1,100km to the polygon in the Chita region in time for the upcoming war games.
Taking part in the snap drills are command headquarters of the 36th army and the 11th air assault brigade, together with the 102th sustainment brigade, totaling over 400 vehicles.
“The abovementioned divisions are to be relocated over 1,100km distance within two days,” Russian Defense Ministry’s press office confirmed.
The Su-27 fighter jets of the Eastern Military District are working out methods for escorting and protecting warships and orienting during over-water flights.
On Friday night, Russia started a week-long snap drill of its armed forces in the Eastern Military District to test their combat readiness. This is the largest-ever drill since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Over 160,000 servicemen, about 1,000 tanks and armoured vehicles and 130 aircraft and helicopters, as well as 70 warships are being involved in the drill.
A large-scale inspection of the troops' combat readiness began in Russia's Eastern Military District on Saturday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
"The inspection will cover formations, units and bases of the Central and Eastern military districts, the Pacific Fleet and also the Air Force's strategic and military-transport aviation," the statement says.
"By Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's order the Eastern Military District commander was informed about the plan of the drill at 1 a.m. Moscow time on July 13 and instructed to put the troops on full combat alert," the statement says.
"The inspection aims to check the troops' readiness to fulfill the missions assigned, and to assess the personnel's skills and technical readiness, and the formations and units' weapon systems," it says.
More than 80,000 servicemen, about 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles, 130 aircarft and helicopters of the strategic, military-transport, fighter, bomber and army aviation, and 70 warships are involved in the drill," it says.
The Central Military District's Novosibirsk formation will act as simulated enemy.
"The Eastern and Central military districts' formations, units and bases will practice readiness skills, and perform battle marches to distant and unknown training grounds, where bilateral tactical drills will be held with live firing exercises," the Defense Ministry said.
The inspection also aims to assess the formations' mobile redeployment capabilities to a distance of more than 3,000 kilometers by rail, sea and air.
"The inspection underway strictly complies with the earlier assumed international obligations and is not targeted against anyone's interests," it said.
The surprise inspection of the Eastern Military District will last a week and end on July 20 2013.
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