Ships and units of the coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) went to sea and to combat training grounds during the initial stage of the exercise, which is conducted under the leadership of the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov.
As part of the exercise, warships, boats and fleet support vessels as part of ship groups left the permanent basing points of Sevastopol and Novorossiysk and made the transition to the designated areas.
The purpose of the exercise is to defend the sea coast of the Crimean peninsula, the basing points of the forces (troops) of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as the objects of the economic sector of the country, sea communications and areas of maritime economic activity from possible military threats of a conditional enemy.
At various stages of the exercise, ship formations and units of coastal troops, fleet aviation will perform a complex of missile, artillery firing, missile and bomb strikes on sea, coastal and air targets.
To perform tasks as part of heterogeneous groups, ship strike groups and detachments of landing ships, more than 30 warships of various classes from the Black Sea and other fleets are involved: Among them are frigates, patrol ships, small missile ships and missile boats, landing ships, small anti-submarine ships, as well as mine defense ships.
The exercise of ship forces, naval aviation and units of the coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet is held in preparation for the naval exercise under the general supervision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy.
In accordance with the Training Plan of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for 2022, in January-February, a series of naval exercises are held in all areas of responsibility of the fleets under the general leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.
The main focus of the exercises is to practice the actions of the forces of the Navy and the Aerospace Forces to protect Russian national interests in the World Ocean, as well as to counter military threats to the Russian Federation from sea and ocean directions.
The exercises cover the waters of the seas adjacent to Russian territory, as well as operationally important areas of the World Ocean. Separate exercises will be held in the waters of the Mediterranean, North, Okhotsk Seas, in the north-eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Pacific Ocean.
In total, more than 140 warships and support vessels, more than 60 aircraft, 1,000 units of military equipment, and about 10,000 military personnel are involved in the events.