The Russian military conducted command and staff exercises in the annexed Crimea, at the Opuk firing range, to defend the coast during the landing of amphibious assault forces as the Defense Ministry of Russia reported.
"Within the exercises, the Black Sea Fleet marine units on the BTR-82A, under the cover of aviation and naval forces of the fleet, landed from large amphibious ships, fought for an amphibious assault, occupied the coastal area, and moved deep into the positions of the conditional enemy," the message says.
In their turn, the units of the coastal defense formation of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as tank, artillery, and motorized rifle units of the general troops' army of the Southern Military District using missile and artillery units carried out the suppression of naval artillery and struck at the landing forces.
At the final stage, the participants in the exercises worked out actions to change firing positions, regroup missiles, artillery, and tank units under the cover of aerosol camouflage.
Totally, about 8,000 servicemen were involved in the participation in the command-staff exercises; about 350 units of weapons and military equipment were involved.
On September 20, ships of Russia's Black Sea fleet entered the open waters to hold the missile and artillery exercises. The authority added that the drills involved missile boats, anti-submarine vessels, submarines, minesweepers, support vessels, planes, and helicopters of naval aviation and anti-aircraft defense units of the Black Sea fleet.