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Russian Navy warships call at port of Tartus is not planned

Russian Navy warships call at port of Tartus is not planned  27.07.2012 As part of Russian Navy warships exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, a call of Russian sea force at Tartus is not planned. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov told on July 26th at the media conference.

At the present time the group of the Northern Fleet warships and auxiliary ships consisting of Admiral Chabanenko, a Project 11551 large antisubmarine warfare ship, Nikolay Chiker, a Project Ð-5757 rescue tug and Sergey Osipov, a Project 1559 petrol carrier, as reported by Russian Ministry of Defense, continues the passage from the Moray Firth to the Northern direction.

The united group of the Northern and the Baltic Fleet formed on July 16th. The Baltic Fleet is represented by Yaroslav Mudry, a Project 11540 guardian frigat, Neustrashimy a Project 11540 frigate and SB-921, a tug-boat.

Reportedly by Central Navy Portal, Admiral Chabanenko and three Russian amphibious assault ships left NF Main Base Severomorsk on July 10. Three amphibious assault ships transport Marine Corps submits on-board. Baltic Fleet guard frigat Yaroslav Mudry and auxiliary ships, based in Baltiysk, will join Admiral Chabanenko later.

Later the unnamed source from the Russian Ministry of Defense told that "the program of the voyage includes a call in the Syrian port of Tartus". According to Interfax, the source insisted that the deployment was not linked to the escalation of the situation in Syria. "In Tartus the ships are going to top up on supplies of fuel, water and foodstuffs," the source said, adding that their deployment in the Mediterranean would last until the end of September.

Also the Russian Navy representative informed RIA Novosti that the warships group from Russia's Northern, Baltic and Black Sea Fleets was preparing for drilling in the Atlantic ocean as well as in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea


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