RFS Severomorsk in Russian-Japanese Exercises in the Gulf of Aden

November 10, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the Russian-Japanese anti-piracy naval doctrine began in the Gulf of Aden, in which warships of the Russian Navy and Japanese Navy take part. The Russian side is a large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk”, performing the tasks of a long voyage in the Indian Ocean. From the Japanese side, the squadron “Ikazuti” participates in the exercise. Such interaction between the sailors of the Northern Fleet and the Japanese Navy is carried out for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy. As conceived by the parties, the main purpose of the exercise is to increase the level of interaction between the Russian and Japanese warships in the course of joint anti-piracy and anti-terrorism actions.

U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade William McGough

The exercise began in the designated area of ​​the Gulf of Aden from an episode of meeting ships and exchanging liaison officers using high-speed boats. Then the crews of the ships began working out joint maneuvering with the mutual exchange of information on the situation, identifying suspicious ships and vessels using ship-based helicopters.

During this day, flights of helicopters with the implementation of the “deck exchange” element will also be worked out – when the Russian helicopter lands on the deck of a Japanese destroyer and vice versa. There will also be played an episode to repel an attack on a escorted ship. At the final stage of the exercise, Russian and Japanese sailors will conduct short excursions for the interacting parties on their ships. In the Indian Ocean, the ship of the Northern Fleet operates from the second half of September. The long march of the large antisubmarine ship Severomorsk continues from its exit from the main basing point, Severomorsk, on July 5, 2018. To date, he has passed about 23 thousand nautical miles, completed a number of military-diplomatic tasks, and visited ports: Algeria, Victoria, Pemba and Antsiranana.