The Russian government has allocated a designated area in the Sea of Azov to the Russian Defense Ministry. This area is located 1.5 miles from the coast of the Russian city Yeysk and 65 km from the city of Mariupol, reports Ukrainian military portal.
The decree published on Russian government website of legal information notes that the government allocated this territory "to ensure the defense of the country and the security of the state."
However, the specific reasons for the need of this sea area are still unknown.
In addition, the Ukrainian military portal has published a detailed layout of the new training site and the existing training centers of the Russian Armed Forces.
The Russian Armed Forces air defense and airborne units are trained at the 726th Air Defense Training Center. Since 2015, it has also been used for the so-called “Air defense Biathlon”.
The 859th Center for Combat Training and Retraining of Naval Aviation Personnel of the Russian Navy provides training for deck aviation pilots. This center was established in 2009, on the base of the 859th Naval Aviation Training Center and the disbanded 444th Center for Combat Training of the Naval Aviation flight personnel.
“The training complex NITKA was being built in the territory of this center to train fighter pilots for the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov,” the Military portal reports.
Russia is building a new special purpose project 14400, which is meant for deck-based helicopters crew training as well as the development of ship-based aircraft systems, including unmanned ones.