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The first stage passed at a very high level: Putin and Shoigu discuss a surprise inspection of the Pacific Fleet forces

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Vladimir Putin said that the first stage of the surprise inspection of the Pacific Fleet was held at a high level.

“The first stage of the surprise inspection really went off at a very high level. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who organized this work,” the president said at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The President noted that at the moment Russia has “clear priorities in the use of its armed forces. According to the head of state, this primarily concerns the Ukrainian direction.

At the same time, the president stressed that “no one has cancelled or withdrawn the tasks of development of the fleet, including in the Pacific theater.

“So I ask you to continue this work, of course, to pay attention also to the development and preparation of similar events in other fleets. And apart from everything else, of course, the forces of the fleet in its individual components can certainly be used in conflicts in any direction,” the head of state said.

We recall that at 09:00 Vladivostok time the Pacific Fleet was raised on alert and proceeded to the highest degree of combat readiness in accordance with Shoigu’s order.

As the minister noted at the time, the main goal of this inspection was to increase the ability of the armed forces to meet the challenges of repelling the aggression of a possible enemy from the ocean and sea directions.

At the meeting with the president, Shoigu said that the final stage of the surprise inspection of the Pacific Fleet would begin on April 18.

“From April 18 we will start the final stage of the inspection, during which the ship strike groups together with the coastal missile divisions will practice the tasks of missile strikes with electronic launches,” the minister said.

According to him, naval forces will also conduct exercises on searching and destroying submarines and enemy ship groups and will carry out practical artillery firing at air and sea targets.

In addition, strategic missile carriers will carry out flights to the central Pacific Ocean, simulating strikes on enemy ship groups.

Upon completion of the check, the fleet forces will return to their permanent deployment points, Shoigu said.

The Minister said that over 25,000 servicemen, 167 warships and support vessels, including 12 submarines and 89 aircraft and helicopters were involved in the exercise.

According to Shoigu, the forces taking part in the inspection are brought to full combat readiness, they have begun to carry out combat training tasks. Test firing and tactical exercises are being conducted with them and issues of interspecific interaction are being worked through, the defense minister added.

“The anti-submarine forces on duty have searched for submarines on approaches to Peter the Great Bay and Avacha Bay. Naval aviation of the Pacific Fleet is dispersed on operational airfields. Aircraft of the long-range aviation command have been relocated to forward airfields,” Shoigu said.

The minister continued by saying that the second stage of the surprise inspection is currently underway. For example, the group formed in the far maritime zone is moving to the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, carrying out combat maneuvering tasks and revealing an underwater situation.

“The issues of ensuring combat stability of strategic missile submarines and their readiness to use weapons have been practiced. A tactical exercise on air defense was launched,” said the head of the defense ministry.

He added that naval aviation planes are involved in marking the enemy.

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