Two new air division headquarters are to be formed by the Russian Naval Aviation in the Kaliningrad and Crimea regions.
The new headquarters, dubbed ‘combat hubs’ by Russian Navy sources, will control air operations in real time over the sensitive Black and Baltic seas. Details of the move were reported in Izvestia newspaper on 30 October, citing senior sources in the Russian Ministry of Defence.
In Crimea, the 2nd Guards Naval Missile-Carrier Division is in the process of standing up at Novofedorivka Air Base near Saky. It will take under command the 43rd Separate Naval Assault Aviation Regiment’s Sukhoi Su-24 strike jets and Su-30SM fighters based at Novofedorivka.
The 318th Mixed Air Regiment at Kacha Air Base will also come under its command, with its force of Antonov An-26 military transport aircraft, Beriev Be-12 anti-submarine amphibious aircraft, Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine ship helicopters, and Ka-29 transport/combat helicopters.
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