Russian Navy to take part in several joint drills in 2012

The Russian Navy will take part in several international drills, including those involving the United States, Britain and France, in the new training year which begins on Thursday, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Russian warship will take part in the Frukus 2012 international drills, Baltops 2012 naval exercises in the Baltic Sea and Ionex 2012 drills in the Ionian Sea, as well as in joint exercises Bold Monarch 2012, Pomor 2012, Northern Eagle 2012 and Rimpac 2012, the spokesman said.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet will take part in Black Sea Naval Force (Blackseafor) drills, he said.

Later in December, a group of Russian Northern Fleet warships led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will leave their home ports for a new deep-sea journey, he added.

Russian warships are expected to visit more than 40 foreign ports in 2012. Russia will also continue participating in anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa.


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