Russian Navy conducts drills with over fourty ships in Crimea

According to information published by Tass on October 18, 2021, the crews of over 40 warships and vessels of the Black Sea Fleet comprising the cruiser Moskva, the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, the missile corvette Ingushetia, the Project 1241 (Tarantul-III) missile ships Naberezhniye Chelny and R-60 took part in massive force-on-force maneuvers of Russia’s Southern Military District at the Opuk training ground in Crimea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Project 12411 corvette Naberezhniye Chelny (Picture source: Liveuamap)

Concurrently, the crews of the Black Sea Fleet’s operational-tactical and naval aviation aircraft practiced operations while approaching the landing site to suppress anti-amphibious assault defense, delivering strikes against enemy positions.

Following this, the Black Sea Fleet’s large amphibious assault ships Saratov, Novocherkassk and Tsezar Kunikov landed marines with materiel onto the unequipped shore. Forpost and Orlan-10 drones exercised control of target destruction and artillery fire adjustment, the press office specified.

The massive command and staff drills kicked off at practice ranges in the Southern Military District on October 13. The maneuvers will also involve units of the Southern Military District’s military bases stationed in Abkhazia, Armenia and South Ossetia, and also forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla that will practice assignments in the Black and Caspian Seas.

The drills are running under a general scenario and as part of a final inspection of the District’s troops for the 2021 training year under the direction of Southern Military District Commander Army General Alexander Dvornikov.

Project 1241 is a class of Soviet missile corvettes. They have the NATO reporting name Tarantul. These ships were designed to replace the Project 205 Tsunami (Osa) missile boats.

The Tarantul-III had a new type of propulsion—a CODAG (Combined Diesel And Gas) system. Two M-70 gas turbines (rated at 12000 hp each) and two M510 (rated at 4000 hp each) diesel engines were used.

The associated radar system is the L-band "Band Stand" radar, with a 120 km active and 500 km passive range and the capability to track 15 different targets.