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Warships and airplanes in the Russian Pacific Fleet were involved in intense action, simulating a large-scale naval battle in the Okhotsk Sea. The most spectacular scenes of the drill were captured in the film.
Directed by the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, the Varyag missile destroyer, a group of warships set sail from their bases this week to hone their offshore combat skills. When the exercise began, they were attacked by a flock of small missile ships that simulated an attack with an enemy rocket.
The “Varyag” and his escort – three frigates and a corvette – gave the alarm, preparing their air defenses to repel the assault. The images published by the Russian Navy show warships firing a large number of medium and long-range missiles that intercepted the approaching simulated projectiles.
The cameras mounted near the missile bays captured the moment when the ships deployed flares to avoid being hit by the “adversary.”
The exercises simulated an action not only in the sea but also in the air. In the middle of the exercise, a pair of powerful and high altitude MiG-31 fighters were rushed to shoot down a Malakhit anti-ship rocket, which they did by using their air-to-air missiles.