Thursday, June 24, 2010

In Sevastopol, Russian-Ukrainian naval exercise enters active phase

The “Fairway of Peace – 2010” Russian-Ukrainian naval exercise has entered the active phase in Sevastopol, - the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s base. The exercise is held for the first time since 2006, when the then Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko banned the two countries’ joint naval manoeuvres.
Because of the long break, the exercise is held in the form of a virtual simulation at Ukraine’s Pavel Nakhimov Naval Academy. In the framework of the exercise the seamen are drilled in carrying out rescue operations at sea, including rescuing a submarine in distress.
The exercise is due until this Thursday. Russia’s Defence Minister Anatoly Serdiukov and his Ukrainian counterpart Mikhail Yezhel are due to arrive in Sevastopol to attend the exercise.