“The operational deployment of ballistic missiles and multipurpose nuclear submarines in the Pacific Ocean is maintained at a level that guarantees our nation’s safety. Moreover, between January 2014 and March 2015, deployment of submarines for operational duty has increased by almost 50% compared to 2013,” Chirkov said.
“The level of deployment may be even higher on some submarine projects, because there have been more military exercises in 2014 and early 2015,” Captain 1st Rank Mikhail Nenashev, Chairman of the All-Russia Fleet Support Movement, told Vzglyad newspaper.
“The Commander-in-Chief means business. Our probable enemies are monitoring these things. If the Commander-in-Chief had told a lie, it would not take long for Ms. (Jen) Psaki (spokesperson for the White House) to proclaim that ‘The Russian military command is trying to mislead us. They don’t have that many vessels, and they can’t do anything.’ Or perhaps she would keep quiet, but trust me when I say that they are monitoring this very closely,” Captain 1st Rank Igor Kurdin, Chairman of the Submarine Sailors’ Club told Vzglyad.