Russian Su-33 warplanes exercise in Mediterranean

Apparently, the Russian Navy will also be joining the Rim of the Pacific Exercise this year near Hawaii. — PID

January 10, 2008 (RIA NOVOSTI) — /SNIP/ The two-month expedition, which started on December 5, is aimed at ensuring a naval presence “in the operationally key areas of the world oceans” and establishing conditions for secure Russian maritime navigation. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said previously that a total of four warships and seven other vessels of Russia’s Northern, Black Sea and Baltic Fleets, as well as 47 airplanes and 10 helicopters, would take part in the 12,000-mile expedition. Full Report