The crews of two Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft of the naval aviation of the Pacific Fleet (Pacific Fleet) performed scheduled flights in order to obtain information about the ice situation in the Sea of Okhotsk and the strait zone of Sakhalin Island and the Kuril ridge. The data obtained will greatly facilitate the laying of routes and navigation of the ships of the fleet.
Flights in the northern regions of the Pacific Ocean are carried out as planned in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace. Performing a flight mission, aircraft crews improve the skills of passing a given course over an unorientated terrain in the absence of ground-based radio navigation aids. Before the flight, the crews underwent navigational training in a difficult meteorological situation, taking into account the geographical location.
Flights over the Sea of Okhotsk and the northern part of the Pacific Ocean are complicated by the unstable meteorological situation, the monotony of the terrain with a small number of visual and radio-technical landmarks. During such flights, pilots significantly increase the level of their flight training.