- PUTIN FLEXES MUSCLES: Russia to Hold Naval War Games And Surface-to-Air Missile Drills in Black Sea Region Amid Ukraine And NATO Tensions
by Patrick Knox, https://www.thesun.co.uk/
Submarines, warships and sophisticated air defences are being tested just in case war breaks out with Ukraine which drags in NATO
RUSSIA is plotting major war games in the Black Sea as tension spirals with Ukraine and the West over the capture of three Ukrainian naval ships.
Major naval and surface-to-air missile drills are underway amid a war scare with its neighbour and NATO. Two submarines, the Rostov-on-Don B-237 and the Stary Oskol B-262, practised emergency deployments for detecting, accompanying and destroying sea and coastal targets with rocket fire, the Defence Ministry said. Submarine crews from the Black sea fleet were also due to practice deep dives and to work on techniques such as emergency surfacing, it said.
The statement did not give a start or end date for the drills or say if the submarine exercises were part of larger-scale drills in the Black Sea and on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. A navigation warning to shipping published by Turkey’s navy said that “firing exercises” were expected in the region from December 3 to 9.
It comes as a startling study by the The Human Security Centre concluded Russia would be able to may be able to “overrun vulnerable areas of NATO territory” in a matter of hours