Russian navy ships seize submarine saboteurs during exercises in the Mediterranean – Army and Defense
SEBASTOPOL, July 22. / TASS /. Black Sea Fleet crews, performing tasks as part of the Russian Navy’s Standing Task Force in the Mediterranean, conducted anti-sabotor defense exercises from an unprotected anchorage, reported Thursday on Black Sea Fleet press office.
“In the scenario of the exercises, a group of underwater saboteurs from a fictitious enemy, using special means of transport, carry out a dockside reconnaissance of the ships and are tasked with planting an explosive below the waterline of one. ships, “the press service said in a statement.
The crews used an underwater tracking station and special equipment from a Grachyonok-class anti-sabotor ship to prevent underwater reconnaissance, detect and seize saboteurs with the help of groups of men- frogs, the release said.
As part of the exercises, Navy sailors also fired from ships at a floating object that simulated a mine, and conducted a grenade launch exercise using hand grenade launchers while the team anti-sabotage was inspecting the underwater parts of ships for possible damage and planted bombs, the press office added.
Mediterranean Squadron of the Russian Navy
The Soviet Navy’s 5th Mediterranean Squadron served as a prototype for the Russian Navy’s standing Mediterranean Task Force currently operating. The 5th Operational Soviet Squadron was responsible for naval presence tasks in the Mediterranean theater of operations during the Cold War period. Its main rival was the US Navy’s 6th Fleet. The Soviet squadron was disbanded on December 31, 1992, a year after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
In 2013, Russia started to create a new operational Mediterranean working group. Russia’s new permanent squadron deals with planned and urgent combat missions in the Mediterranean theater of operations, including the prevention of threats to Russia’s national and military security.