Some 30 Russian warships took part the drills in the waters of the Barents Sea. The convoy of vessels, including a number of submarines and suport ships, departed from Severomorsk on July 7, the Northern Fleet informed as quoted by The Barents Observer.
According to the outlet, the group that participated in the exercise also involved "more than 20 aircraft and 40 pieces of armament from air defense and coastal rocket and artillery units are engaged". The contingent was headed by cruisers Pyotr Velikiy and Marshal Ustinov.
Russian Navy's Rear Admiral Aleksandr Moiseev claimed it was this year's largest drill for the Northern Fleet so far.
According to the Navy HQ report, "on their way out at sea, the “Pyotr Veliky” and “Marshal Ustinov” on the 8th July conducted drills on “neutralization of enemy coastal positions with artillery fire.” The subsequent day, the two ships with support from aircraft Tu-22M3 conducted shooting with cruise missiles Granit and Vulkan on simulated enemy targets".