North Fleet pilots practicing in Mediterranean
Seaborne aircraft crews have improved their skills in training flights performed from the deck of the North Fleet heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, North Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Class Vadim Serga told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
"Crews of the wing had another practice yesterday to upgrade their piloting, navigation and tactical skills and airborne target destruction techniques. The flights were performed by pilots of seaborne fighter jets and helicopters while the unit led by the aircraft carrying cruiser was moving from central Mediterranean to an area south of Crete," Serga said.
Seaborne aircraft pilots stationed aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov were put on combat duty lately, Serga said. They are responsible for air defense of the Russian naval unit deployed in the Mediterranean. Some of the seaborne fighter jets Sukhoi Su-33 are fully armed and on immediate standby.
In all, North Fleet pilots have made over 110 flights with the total duration of about 80 hours during the long-distance voyage of the naval unit, Serga said.