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Frigate Yaroslav Mudry will participate in FRUKUS 2013

Frigate Yaroslav Mudry will participate in FRUKUS 2013 12.02.2013
Text: Public relations service of the Western Command
Photo: Frigate Yaroslav Mudry. Public relations service of the Western Command
International FRUKUS training naval exercises will take part since June 25 till July 2, 2013 in the water area of France. A Project 11540 frigate Yaroslav Mudry of the Baltic Fleet will represent Russia.

Also guided missile cruiser Ticonderoga from US Navy, guided missile frigate from UK Navy and destroyer, recently has been commissioned into French Navy, will participate in FRUKUS 2013. Warships will arrive to French Brest by the beginning of the exercises.

The briefing meeting with crews of warships, communications exercises, excursions and sporting events are planned for June 25-26. In the frameworks of the exercises sea part, which will be started on June 27, defeat of a pinpoint target and air assault weapon attack, joint manoeuvring as a part of tactical forces, vessels inspection, artillery shooting and saving seafarers in distress will be practiced.

Recall, first planning conference of the FRUKUS 2013 joint naval exercise took place in Paris on January 29th.

The FRUKUS joint naval exercise is the annual four-lateral training activity aimed at practicing joint actions at sea within multinational task groups.

Main planning conference will be held in March, 2013, and final planning conference - in May. 2013. FRUKUS 2013 training exercise will take place near in France water area. Last year it first took place Baltic Sea, next to Russia's territorial waters.

The exercise's history goes back to 1988. Originally, it had a name of RUKUS (Russia, UK, US). In 2003, France was invited to join the exercise. Since that time it is called FRUKUS and held on the four-lateral basis.

Through its history, the FRUKUS exercise has developed from series of negotiations into headquarter trainings, and in 1996 it turned into practical exercise at sea. It is held annually in one of the participating countries by rotation. In past years, it took place in different regions of the Atlantic (near France in 2009, Great Britain in 2010, the USA in 2011).

Yaroslav Mudryis a Project 11540 frigate, second ship of the series designed for protection of combat ships from undersea and surface attacks; search, detection and tracking submarines; attacking enemy ships; covering landing operations etc.

The ship was laid down in 1988 atYantarshipyard in Kaliningrad under Project 11540 and launched in 1990. The construction was tied up in 1994 due to underfinancing. In 2002 the works were resumed along with upgrade program. The ship was delivered to the Navy on July 24, 2009.

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