Russian Military Technologies, 30.01.2014
The Russian Baltic Fleet’s big landing ship Kaliningrad has joined Russia’s naval force performing tasks in the Mediterranean Sea. This information was presented by Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveev, a spokesman for the Russian Baltic Fleet, on Wednesday.
“The big landing ship Kaliningrad has replaced the big landing ship Alexander Shabalin within the framework of planned rotation of Russia’s naval force in the Mediterranean Sea,” Mr. Matveev stated, noting that the Kaliningrad set out from Baltiysk on December 24, 2013 and has made a crossing to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet naval base in Novorossiysk. The warship’s crew drilled a set of training combat tasks, including air defence and anti-submarine exercises, deck exercises and trainings, as well as artillery exercises. After being replenished with fuel, water and food at the port of Novorossiysk, the Kaliningrad headed for the Mediterranean Sea.
It should be noted that this is not the first mission in the Mediterranean Sea for the warship’s crew. The landing ship performed the previous mission from December 2012 through August 2013.