Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation : More in detail

14.09.2021 (07:00)

During the JSE Zapad-2021, marines and combat swimmers defended the base point of the Baltic Fleet ships from mock saboteurs

According to the plan of the exercise, the base of the ships of the Baltic Fleet was captured by a group of mock terrorists. To neutralize them, an operation was planned, which involved units of the marine corps of the Baltic and Northern Fleets, as well as military personnel of the underwater sabotage forces and means (USFM) of the Baltic Naval Base.

As part of practical actions in the military harbor of Baltiysk, armored personnel carriers and personnel of the Northern Fleet were landed from the landing boat of the BF Mitchman Lermontov using the at-close-range method. Also, marines and soldiers of the USFM landed on the shore from four Raptor speedboats, BK-16 and high-speed boats. In the course of joint actions, a detachment of mock terrorists was blocked in the area of the pier zone and destroyed. Within the framework of the exercise, imitation tools were actively used. More than 50 servicemen and 10 units of military equipment, as well as Ka-29 and Ka-27 helicopters of the BF naval aviation were involved in the drawing of the episode.

Also, the combat swimmers of the USFM squad worked out an episode of preventing the breakthrough of mock underwater saboteurs to ships loading naval weapons in the base. During the training battle, practical throwing of hand-held anti-sabotage grenades was carried out, techniques of underwater combat with the use of special underwater pistols SPP-1, underwater automatic weapons APS, as well as cold weapons were worked out.

The fighters of the anti-USFM squad also played out a scenario to counteract a watercraft that violates the navigation regime in the Kaliningrad Sea Channel.

The joint strategic exercise (JSE) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus takes place every two years in accordance with the decision taken by the heads of the two states.

The Zapad-2021 exercise is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.

Practical actions of the troops (forces) will take place in the period from 10 to 16 September 2021 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.

In total, up to 200 thousand personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships take part in the JSE Zapad-2021 on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

The maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units subject to the Vienna Document of 2011 in the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 military personnel.

The return of the military authorities and troops to the points of permanent deployment after participating in the exercise is planned until mid-October of this year.

Directorate of Media service and Information
Baltic Fleet , ССУ «Запад-2021»
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