Russia’s Pacific Fleet conducts anti-sub exercises in Sea of Japan

In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on April 14, 2023, a missile armed boat of the Russian Pacific Fleet sails off to take part in naval drills near Vladivostok, Russia. (PHOTO / RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE VIA AP)

VLADIVOSTOK – Combat ships of Russia's Pacific Fleet conducted anti-submarine exercises in the Sea of Japan, as well as artillery firing at sea and air targets during a sudden readiness check, TASS news agency reported on Monday.

The vessels left their permanent bases and arrived at the designated training area, where they carried out tactical maneuvers in different formations and provided all types of defense for the naval convoy during the sea transit, according to the report.

All tasks were completed, said Sergey Merkulov, commander of the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov, adding the sudden readiness check did not present difficulties for his team as they have been receiving training almost every week since January.

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Under the directive of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the exercises started from Friday, which involved naval and air forces, as well as military and support units.