Vostok-2014 exercise forces head back to permanent bases

Armed Forces units that took part in the Vostok-2014 (East-2014) strategic command and staff exercises have started to return to their permanent bases, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told Interfax on Friday.

Armed Forces units that took part in the Vostok-2014 (East-2014) strategic command and staff exercises have started to return to their permanent bases, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told Interfax on Friday.

"Forces of the Eastern Military District, the Pacific Fleet, the Air Force, the Long-Distance and Military-Transport Aviation, and the Airborne Troops are now en route to the sites for boarding trains, ships and airplanes. All aircraft are being redeployed to their permanent airfields. Ships of the Pacific Fleet are regrouping in accordance with their combat training plans," the spokesman said.

The Vostok-2014 drills, which kicked off in Russia's Far East on September 19, involved more than 155,000 servicemen and approximately 8,000 weapons and units of military hardware, including 4,000 armored combat vehicles, 632 airplanes and 84 ships.

The Vostok-2014 drills were the final stage of this year's command and staff exercises, drills of command centers and surprise inspections of the Armed Forces' combat readiness.

The Vostok-2014 exercises involved forces of the Eastern Military District, the Pacific Fleet, the Air Force, the Long-Distance and Military-Transport Aviation, as well as the Airborne Troops and were conducted at more than 20 overland, sea and air training ranges, located in an area stretching from Anadyr to Vladivostok.

The latest drills focused on measures to redeploy troops to other districts, coordination within multi-service groups of forces, and live fire exercises involving tactical missile systems, as well as land-based, sea-based and air-launched cruise missiles.

The exercises also included simulated operations to defend the seashore and islands, as well as joint operations by Land Forces and Navy groups at training ranges on Sakhalin Island, Kamchatka, Chukotka, the southern part of the Primorye Territory and sea training ranges in the Kamchatka and Primorye districts.

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