A unit of the Russian Northern Fleet's ships, including the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Soviet Union Navy Admiral Kuznetsov, has entered the English Channel, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga told Interfax-AVN.
"In the near future, the combat ships and the support vessels of this unit will pass through the channel and enter the North Sea, proceeding farther toward the Northeast Atlantic," Serga said.
Upon reaching the North Atlantic, the crews of the Admiral Kuznetsov and the heavy missile carrying nuclear cruiser Pyotr Veliky will conduct a series of air defense and anti-submarine defense exercises.
Units operating the air defense missile systems onboard the ships will hold drills, including a simulated operation to rebuff an air strike launched by an imaginary adversary, convoy maneuvers, as well as a simulated attack against high-speed targets, Serga said.
During the deployment, ceremonies marking the 69th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II will be held onboard the Russian ships.
The nuclear cruiser Pyotr Veliky had spent more than six months within the Russian Navy's group of ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The cruiser hosted the naval group's operations headquarters. Its crew also took part in 13 operations to ensure security during the transportation of Syria's chemical weapons.
The Admiral Kuznetsov had spent more than three months in the Mediterranean Sea. Its presence there allowed pilots of Russia's Northern Fleet to extensively practice flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier at sea.
The Northern Fleet ships are expected to return to their base at the end of May.
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