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Russia launches naval maneuvers in the Black Sea
March 29, 2004
The Star Online

Posted by HW on September 20, 2017

Large-scale
The Russian navy on Monday launched a large-scale naval exercise in the Black Sea involving dozens of ships.
The maneuvers, conducted in the central and eastern parts of the Black Sea, involved 17 warships, 36 support vessels and 12 aircraft, the Black Sea Fleet said in a statement carried by the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Planned exercise
The fleet's chief, Adm. Vladimir Masorin, reported on the planned exercise during a weekend meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The Black Sea Fleet is based at Ukraine's port of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula. After several years of tense arguments following the 1991 Soviet collapse, Russia and Ukraine divided the former Soviet fleet of ships and agreed to jointly operate the Sevastopol base.

September
Masorin reported to Putin that in September the Black Sea Fleet ships will sail to the Mediterranean for joint maneuvers with the Italian navy, the Interfax-Military News Agency said.
The post-Soviet funding shortage has stranded most navy ships in their harbors, but the economic revival of recent years has allowed the military to resume combat training and send its ships on longer cruises
 
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