The Russian Navy intends to use the experience of the voyage of the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser to Syria for developing of new tactics for the naval task forces.
Russia is going to use the experience of the Syrian voyage of the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser for developing of new tactics for the naval task forces in the World Ocean, the TASS news agency reported on Thursday, citing Commander of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov.
“The tactics used in the voyage will also be analyzed by us. We’ll develop new approaches to employing aircraft carrier naval task forces in various parts of the World Ocean,” Korolyov said.
He also added that all the positive aspects that were practiced at sea for the first time, will be analyzed by the Russian Navy’s Command.
“Each subsequent voyage of a warship means an analysis and we’ll analyze not only the warship’s operation at sea but also the issues of timely preparing for a voyage, as well as the process of the warship’s employment. This also applies to deck-based aircraft, warships and vessels of the aircraft carrier naval task force,” TASS quoted the words of Korolyov.
According to Korolyov, the Russian Navy will also adjust “some plans of the employment of forces, including the tactical level of specific warships and groups.”
“We’ll make adjustments to our training programs in naval educational institutions, beginning with our schools and colleges and even, perhaps, the Nakhimov naval school and the Naval Academy and our institutes,” the Commander of the Russian Navy said.
On Wednesday, the battle group of the Russian Navy, which included the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser, the Pyotr Veliky heavy nuclear-powered missile battlecruiser, the Severomorsk and the Vice-Admiral Kulakov large anti-submarine warfare ships, as well as support vessels, returned to their home bases in Severomorsk after its anti-terror operation in Syria. Earlier, the deck-based Kamov Ka-27, Ka-29 and Ka-52 helicopters, as well as the MiG-29K and Su-33 aircraft made a flight from the aircraft carrier to their home aerodromes.
During the two months of the operation in Syria, 420 sorties were performed by the deck-based aircraft, which managed to destroy more than 1,000 facilities of terrorists on the territory of the country. During this voyage, two deck-based aircraft, the Mikoyan MiG-29K and the Sukhoi Su-33, were lost, but their pilots stayed alive. Such a large-scale mission with the combat employment of naval aviation was performed by the naval task force for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy.