A firing drill before the firing drill. Who were the intended targets as they were sailing towards Pearl Harbor, exactly? From an arm of the Soviet state-owned (KGB) press:
A group of Russia’s Pacific Fleet warships has arrived at the U.S. Pearl Harbor naval base to take part in the Rim of the Pacific international drills, a fleet spokesman said on Saturday.
“During their long voyage from Vladivostok to Pearl Harbor, the warships’ crews held several firing drills, successfully destroying all the targets,” First-Rank Captain Roman Martov said.
The naval task group comprising the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer, the tanker Boris Butoma and the Fotiy Krylov salvage tug sailed off Vladivostok in the Russian Far East on June 13 to head for the U.S. Hawaiian Islands where the RIMPAC-2012 large-scale international naval exercises will be held.
The active phase of the drills will take place from July 11 through August 2 to involve 45 warships and support vessels from 22 countries, and also 100 combat aircraft and over 20,000 marines.
The Russian navy sailors will for the first time take part in the international naval maneuvers that have been held since 1971.
Full article: Russian Warships Arrive at U.S. Pearl Harbor for Joint Drills (RIA Novosti)