The Vostok 2014 strategic command-and-staff drill has begun with narratives from the liaison office of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff received by the staffs of formations and military units, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry's press service and information department told Interfax on Friday.
In the past seven days, the Eastern Military District has been undergoing a surprise check of its combat preparedness. The formations have practiced a red alert, deployed in assembly areas and arrived in designated areas by plane, rail and sea and in a self-propelled mode. Some formations covered distances exceeding 4,000 kilometers.
"The staffs of formations and military units deployed, practiced the algorithm of operation of the combat control system and tested the ability of commanders of all levels to organize the deployment of troops in the areas and at ranges within the zone of their operations," the source said.
Formations and military units, which had completed the surprise check of combat preparedness of the Eastern Military District, were assembled in departure areas, training centers, ranges and military airfields and prepared for the Vostok 2014 strategic command-and-staff drill.
The Vostok 2014 strategic command-and-staff drill will be held at over 20 ground, sea and air ranges of the Eastern Military District on the territory from Anadyr to Vladivostok.
There will be operative episodes practicing defense of the coastline and insular zone and joint operations of ground and seaborne forces at ranges of the Island of Sakhalin, the Kamchatka and Chukchi Peninsulas, southern parts of the Primorsky territory and sea ranges in the Kamchatka and Primorsky territories.
Formations and military units will practice the relocation of troops to designated areas and their interaction within combined armed forces. There will be live fire exercises involving operative-tactical missile systems and land-, sea- and air-based cruise missiles.
Some Russian Armed Forces formations will be moved from the western part of Russia to the Far East, traveling a distance exceeding 6,000 kilometers.
The Vostok 2014 strategic command-and-staff is the final stage of a series of command-and-staff and special-purpose drills and surprise checks of combat preparedness of forces held in 2014, which have involved the staffs at all levels, formations and military units of arms and services of the Russian Armed Forces.
About 100,000 servicemen, up to 1,500 tanks, up 120 planes, up to 5,000 armament systems and military and special-purpose hardware units and up to 70 ships will participate in the training.
The Vostok 2014 strategic command-and-staff drill ends on September 25.
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