The Russian Black Sea Fleet (Navy) came out for exercises in full. This was reported on Thursday, December 3, on the website of the Ministry of Defense.
As the military department explained, frigates Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Makarov, patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev, patrol ship Pytlivy, small missile ships Orekhovo-Zuyevo and Ingushetia, as well as large landing ships, small anti-submarine ships, submarines, trawlers and auxiliary fleet ships were involved in the exercise. Ships going out to sea are accompanied by helicopters and aircrafts; they are covered by air defense systems in the Black Sea Fleet.
The Russian Navy’s maneuvers have already attracted the attention of the United States. According to FlightRadar, a strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the U.S. Air Force Boeing RC-135U Combat Sent patrolled the area of the exercise. It took off from the airport of the NATO military base in Crete, flew over the Black Sea, approaching the Crimean peninsula, then turned over Georgian territory and headed in the opposite direction.
The U.S. and its European partners regularly conduct reconnaissance flights over the Black Sea, and approach Russia’s borders. For example, in September, a Russian Su-27 fighter intercepted RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft of the US and UK air forces in the area.