Russian Black Sea Fleet Flagship Fires Cruise Missile in Atlantic

Moskva missile cruiser

Cruiser Moskva successfully struck the target with a missile.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva cruiser has fired a cruise missile in the Atlantic Ocean, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday.“The crew of the Moskva fired a rocket with its main systems toward a targeted position imitating a surface vessel. The cruise missile successfully struck the target,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Moskva and three other Black Sea Fleet warships are located in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Angola.


Russian Black Sea Fleet’s warship group led by Moskva missile cruiser leaves for Atlantic

The warships will hold various exercises in the south-eastern part of the Atlantic, a source in defense and diplomatic circles said

MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. A group of warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet led by the missile cruiser Moskva has set off for the Atlantic to perform missions, Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachyov said on Wednesday.

“The missile cruiser Moskva, the frigate Pytlivy and the rescue tug Shakthyor and also the tanker Ivan Bubnov passed Gibraltar this morning and entered the Atlantic Ocean,” the spokesman said.

A source in defense and diplomatic circles in Moscow told TASS “the warships will hold various exercises in the south-eastern part of the Atlantic.”

Previous reports said the ships made water and fuel replenishments at the Spanish port of Ceuta. The warship group is sailing under the flag of Russian Black Sea Fleet Deputy Commander, Vice-Admiral Valery Kulikov.

The missile-carrying cruiser Moskva and the tanker Ivan Bubnov left Sevastopol on June 1 to take part in the Russian-Egyptian naval drills dubbed Friendship Bridge-2015.

The frigate Pytlivy and the rescue tug Shakhtyor were part of the Russian Navy’s permanent force in the Mediterranean Sea before joining the warship grouping.

Russian Tu-95MC Bombers Flying Over Atlantic Are Unarmed

Tu-95MS strategic bomber

Source in the Russian Defense Ministry stated that military aircraft conducting flights over neutral waters are unarmed.


MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) Russian military aircraft conducting flights over neutral waters are unarmed, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Monday.Britain’s The Daily Express earlier reported that one of two Russian Tu-95MC Bear bombers was armed with at least one nuclear warhead missile while flying over neutral waters above the Atlantic.

“We fly without weapons. This is some sort of disinformation, again we are being provoked,” the source said.

On January 29, a Russian Air Force spokesman, Col. Igor Klimov, told RIA Novosti that the two Russian Tu-95MC strategic bombers, spotted near the UK airspace, were carrying out a planned 19-hour patrol flight over neutral waters.

British media suggested that UK authorities had summoned the Russian ambassador over the issue, as, according to the country’s Foreign Office spokesperson, “the Russian planes caused disruption to civil aviation.”

Klimov stressed that the flight was conducted in compliance with international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters and did not cross over any country’s sovereign borders.

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