While the submarine forces of the US Pacific Ocean Fleet started the Agile Dagger 2021 military exercise in the Pacific Ocean last week, the Russian army is holding a comprehensive operational exercise in the same region.
Stating that the tactical ship group of the Pacific Ocean Fleet is deployed to the region where the military exercise will be held, navigating approximately 4 thousand kilometers from the base points, the ministry said, “The flagship of the fleet, equipped with guided missiles, is the ‘Varyag’ missile cruiser and the large anti-submarine ship ‘Admiral Panteleyev‘ and the ‘Marshal Shaposhnikov‘ frigate. “There are 20 warships, submarines and reinforcement ships, including the ‘Gromkiy‘, ‘Sovershenny‘ and ‘Geroy Rossiyskoy Federatsii Aldar Tsidenjapov‘ corvettes.”
Noting that about 20 aircraft, including long-range anti-ship aircraft Tu-142M3, high-altitude fighters MiG-31BM, take part in the exercise, the ministry said, “Within the scope of the exercise, tasks related to the management of different forces away from base points during the protection and defense of naval (ocean) infrastructure facilities, as well as the organization of interaction between sea and air groups in search and monitoring of the so-called opponent’s submarine and ship groups.”
It was also noted that the military exercise was carried out under the command of the Commander of the Pacific Ocean Fleet, Admiral Sergey Avakyanats.