Russian Baltic, Northern Fleets Have Held Some 350 Firing Exercises in 2016

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The fleets have used artillery as well as ballistic and cruise missiles in their exercises.

(L-R) Russian navy corvette Steregushchy, destroyer Nastoichivy and frigate Admiral Gorshkov are anchored in a bay of the Russian fleet base in Baltiysk in Kaliningrad region, Russia, July 19, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s Northern and Baltic fleets have held around 350 firing exercises in 2016 using artillery as well as ballistic and cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

“Missile units of the Northern Fleet have performed 38 launches of cruise sea- and ground-based missiles as well as three launches of sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. In total, the servicemen have performed about 150 missile firing exercises and that exceeds results of the previous year by 1.6 times,” the Northern Fleet’s press service said.

According to the Baltic Fleet’s spokesman Roman Martov, the fleet carried out over 200 firing exercises in 2016.

During the exercises the fleets used different types of weapons.

“Cruise missile launches were carried out by crews of nuclear missile submarines, diesel submarines, surface ships, and coastal missile squadrons. Within the training year, missile units of the Northern Fleet carried out launches of Sineva and Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as Granit, Moskit, Malakhit, Progress, Termit, Kalibr and Onyx cruise missiles,” the Northern Fleet’s press service said.

The Baltic Fleet is said to have used cannon artillery, mortars, multiple launch rocket systems and antitank guided missiles.

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