Russian Navy carries out Black Sea anti-terror exerciseAugust 11th, 2008 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
Novorossiisk (Russia), Aug 11 (RIA Novosti) The Russian Navy has begun an anti-terror exercise in the Black Sea in order to keep itself prepared for ensuring security during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a naval source said Monday. According to the source, two Russian warships - the Moskva missile cruiser and Smetlivy patroller - are participating in the exercise near the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk.
“The exercise is in accordance with a plan approved by the Russian Navy,” the source said, adding that the drill is part of a programme aimed at ensuring security during the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The two warships belonging to the Russian Black Sea Fleet have arrived at Novorossiisk after completing a patrol mission in the Black Sea, the source said.
The Black Sea Fleet is a large sub-unit of the Russian (and formerly Soviet) Navy, operating in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea since the late 18th century. It is based in various harbours of Black Sea and Sea of Azov coast.
Ukraine announced last month that it would not permit the Russian warships back into the country, but Russia said the Black Sea Fleet would remain in Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine, until 2017 under an agreement signed in 1997 with Ukraine.
The Black Sea Fleet is currently building a new base in Novorossiysk and it is expected to be ready by 2012.
Russia has recently mobilized part of the fleet towards Georgia’s rebel Abkhazia region.