Russian Navy Practices Attacking Aircraft Carriers Near Carl Vinson CSG

June 21, 2021 (Google Translation) – Crews of ships of the group of disparate forces of the Pacific Fleet in the far sea zone during one of the practical episodes of the operational exercise, acting as part of two detachments at a distance of about 300 miles from each other, worked out the task of destroying the aircraft carrier strike group of the conventional enemy.

To create an environment as close as possible to the real one, the pacific fleet force was divided into two tactical groups, one of which served as a conventional enemy and countered the main forces of the fleet grouping in the far sea zone.

Two detachments of ships, operating at a distance of about 2.5 thousand miles southeast of the Kuril Islands, worked out the tasks of detecting, countering and launching missile strikes on the aircraft carrier strike group of the conventional enemy.

The conditional missile strike was carried out by the flagship of the Pacific Fleet of the Order of Nakhimov guard missile cruiser “Varyag”, frigate “Marshal Shaposhnikov”, corvettes “Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov”, “Perfect” and “Loud.”

Submarine and long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142M3 of the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation were also involved in the joint operations.

During the exercise, the ship group, in cooperation with maritime aviation, worked out the tasks of launching a conventional cruise missile strike on critical objects of military infrastructure of the conventional enemy.

The conventional missile attack was carried out from surface ships and from the air. Support for the ship’s strike groups was provided by two long-range anti-submarine aircraft of the Pacific Fleet Tu-142Ms, which were pre-relocated to the Kamchatka airfield Of Elizovo, from where they performed flights to the area of the exercise.

The planes spent more than 14 hours in the air, having covered about 10,000 kilometers during this time.

The Tu-142M3 was escorted in the near zone by high-altitude MiG-31BM interceptor fighters of the Pacific Fleet.

As part of the exercise over the Pacific Ocean, long-range aircraft refueled from a specialized Il-78 refueling aircraft of the Russian Air Force. The refueling was carried out at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters at a speed of 500-600 kilometers per hour.

The Pacific Fleet’s naval aircraft during the exercise also solved the tasks of searching and tracking the submarines of the conventional enemy. To this end, six Il-38 and Il-38N mixed aviation regiments of troops and forces in North-East Russia were involved in the pairs. The search for the submarines was carried out using regular on-board and discarded hydroacoustic search aids. Each of the anti-submarine aircraft spent at least eight hours in the air.

After the successful performance of the tasks, all the aircraft returned safely to the airfields of the base.

Also, the crews of the ships of the grouping of diverse forces of the Pacific Fleet in the far sea zone as part of practical actions have worked out the tasks of organizing air and anti-submarine defense of detachments of warships and conducting convoy operations.

Up to 20 surface warships, submarines and support vessels have been involved in the long-range maritime exercise, which is being conducted in the central Pacific For the first time in the modern history of the Pacific Fleet. Aviation on the exercise is represented by 20 aircraft, including long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142M3, anti-submarine aircraft Il-38, high-altitude fighter-interceptors MiG-31BM, deck anti-submarine and search and rescue helicopters Ka-27.

The bilateral exercise with a grouping of disparate forces of the Pacific Fleet in the far sea zone is conducted under the general guidance of the commander of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Sergey Avakianets.

US Navy photo

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