The Southern MD formations and units, which took part in the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016”, are returning to their permanent bases.
Some units perform marches on their own; others are heading to military airfields to be projected by military air transports to their bases.
Tactical and army aviation aircraft and helicopters of the Southern MD are flying to their airfields.
Warships, motor boats and auxiliary vessels of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian flotilla are going to the naval bases located in the Krasnodar Krai, the Astrakhan Region, Dagestan and the Crimea.
In total, the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016” involved about 12,500 servicemen, over 400 pieces of military hardware including 90 tanks, 60 warplanes and helicopters, over 15 warships and vessels.
The “Caucasus-2016” exercise was held at the military ranges of the Southern MD as well as in the Black and Caspian Seas on September 5-10.
Today over 100 Russian and foreign journalists will cover the episode of the “Caucasus-2016” exercise which takes place in the Crimea.
The majority of foreign reporters have come from the NATO countries. The exercise stage will be covered by media representatives from 27 states.
One of the main episodes of the “Caucasus-2016” is held at the Opuk range of the Southern MD. It will involve all the arms and services which are taking part in the strategic exercise.
Strike group of the Caspian flotilla consisting of the small-sized missile ships Grad Sviyazhsk and Uglich has successfully performed missile launches during the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016”. As a result, the important coastal facilities and ship groupings of simulated enemy were destroyed by precision hits of the Kalibr cruise missiles.
During the first stage of firing, the Grad Sviyazhsk warship launched a Kalibr missile against a command centre of simulated enemy. Having flown about 100 nautical miles it destroyed the target.
The second stage included joint actions of ship groupings during a combat with surface ships of simulated enemy. The small-sized missile ship Uglich made a precision strike with a Kalibr missile against a sea target. The missile hit a floating shield which imitated the vessel of the enemy at the distance of over 70 nautical miles.
For the period of the exercise, the sea range was closed for civil navigation.