MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The crews of the large anti-submarine ship “Vice-Admiral Kulakov”, the medium sea tanker “Akademik Pashin” and the rescue tugboat “Altai” conducted an exercise to free a ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the African continent.
According to the legend of the exercise, the pirates hijacked a tanker, the crew of which managed to take refuge in the engine room and send a distress signal. The Russian warship arrived in the area of the operation. After assessing the situation and unsuccessful negotiations with the mock pirates, the command of the detachment decided to storm the ship. For fire support from the air, a Ka-27PS helicopter was raised from the deck of the VPK “Vice-Admiral Kulakov”. The marines on board the helicopter suppressed the firing points of the simulated enemy on the upper deck of the captured tanker and ensured the landing of the main capture group on two high-speed boats. Having risen to the deck along the storm ladder, the naval paratroopers neutralized the surviving “pirates” and freed the crew.
After the completion of the exercise to free the hijacked vessel, the crew of the VPK “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” practiced firing at a surface small-sized target imitating a pirate boat with artillery and an anti-aircraft missile system “Dagger”. The ship’s main caliber, the AK-100 100-mm artillery mount, was fired in automatic and manual modes.
The Severomors took up anti-piracy watch last week with a call to the Gulf of Guinea. In addition to the fight against piracy, the crews of the VPK “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” and support vessels prepared to provide possible assistance to sailors in distress in the ocean.
The long-range cruise of the VPK “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” began on June 28 with the exit from the main base of the Northern Fleet – Severomorsk. At first, the ship’s crew took part in the Main Naval Parade in Kronstadt, and after its completion, they worked out individual episodes of practical actions in the Atlantic, during a command and staff training in managing the forces and troops of the Northern Fleet.
From August 18 to September 23, the North Sea men operated in the Mediterranean Sea. During this time, they made business calls to Algeria, Syria and Cyprus, and also conducted a number of exercises on various types of defense of a detachment of ships in the transition by sea and worked out the search for submarines of a conditional enemy.
Since leaving the base, the VPK “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” has traveled more than 19 thousand nautical miles.
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