More than 40 ships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet conduct exercises in Sevastopol

In Sevastopol, on December 28, more than 40 ship crews from the Russian Black Sea Fleet practiced preparation for an extended naval, the use of weapons and technical equipment, as reported by the press service of the Southern Military District of Russia.

"The crews are training to work for the survivability of the ship when berthing at the pier, practicing counter-sabotage and anti-aircraft defense," the report said. The training tasks include daily organization of service; routine and rest of the crew, preparation of the ship for receiving weapons and swimming in the sea.

"The main tasks in the 2018 training year for the Black Sea Fleet's naval formations are to ensure the admission of new ships to the Black Sea Fleet, as well as the fulfillment of tasks as part of the permanent Navy flotilla in the Mediterranean," the press service noted.

After the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, Russia has been conducting regular military exercises on the peninsula. The General Staff of Ukraine calls it illegal.

  Black Sea Fleet, Crimea, Russian Navy, Sevastopol