Group of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships enters Mediterranean

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August 5 – A group of warships of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (BSF) led by the Moskva missile cruiser has passed the Strait of Gibraltar and cast anchor at the Spanish port of Ceuta, BSF spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said on Wednesday.
“The group of the Black Sea Fleet’s warships comprising the Moskva missile cruiser, the Pytlivy escort ship, the Ivan Bubnov large sea tanker and the Shakhtyor rescue tug has passed the Strait of Gibraltar and arrived at the anchorage point in the area of the Spanish port of Ceuta,” Trukhachev said.
After the Ivan Bubnov tanker’s call at Ceuta, it is planned to replenish the ships’ stock of water, fuel and food.
After the replenishment, the group of ships under the flag of Deputy Commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Vice Admiral Valery Kulikov will continue to perform its tasks in the region within the Russian Standing Naval force in the Mediterranean.
The group of the Black Sea Fleet warship has come to the Mediterranean after a series of drills in the Atlantic Ocean, including missile and naval gun firing practice.
Trukhachev said previously that the warships had conducted a number of exercises in the ocean to drill antisubmarine, anti-ship and antiaircraft defence, underway refuelling, as well as practiced the escort and defence of vessels from pirates and terrorists.
“A sea battle was one of the main exercise elements in which the Moskva crew test-fired a missile on a target simulating a surface ship. The cruise missile hit the target,” he said. In an air defence drill, the Moskva missile cruiser fired the Fort antiaircraft missile system and naval guns on an aerial target. The Pytlivy crew also conducted artillery firing exercise hitting a surface and an air target,” the Black Sea Fleet representative said.
In addition, he said, the Russian ships’ group has called at the ports of Luanda in Angola and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. Russia and Equatorial Guinea have recently signed an intergovernmental agreement on facilitating the procedure of calls of Russian warships to ports of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Russia’s military delegation led by Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov was visiting the Republic of Equatorial Guinea from July 19 to 22.

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Group of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships returning to Mediterranean

The group has completed a series of exercises in the Atlantic Ocean

Moskva missile cruiser

Moskva missile cruiser

Other vessels in the group are the Pytlivy escort ship, the Ivan Bubnov tanker and the Shakhtyor rescue tug.

“At present, the warships and support vessels are returning to the Mediterranean where the ships’ group plans to call at the Spanish port of Ceuta in the first week of August to replenish the stock of water, fuel and food,” the spokesman said.

Trukhachev said that the ships have conducted a number of exercises in the ocean to drill antisubmarine, anti-ship and antiaircraft defence, underway refuelling, as well as practiced the escort and defence of vessels from pirates and terrorists.

In addition, he said, the Russian ships’ group has called at the ports of Luanda in Angola and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

Russia and Equatorial Guinea have recently signed an intergovernmental agreement on facilitating the procedure of calls of Russian warships to ports of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Russia’s military delegation led by Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov was visiting the Republic of Equatorial Guinea from July 19 to 22.

Military sports festival in Sevastopol, on the Day of the Russian Navy to be one of the biggest in recent decades

 

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The festivities will begin with a solemn ascent of St. Andrew’s flag and flags of colorization on warships and then on the inner roads of Sevastopol Bay will be a parade of ships and military-sports festival, during which there will be 21 episodes of the show demonstrating the capabilities of naval forces in the tasks as intended.

The parade and military-sports festival will involve 20 ships and boats, of the order of 35 aircraft, 10 auxiliary vessels, 21 item coastal forces of the Black Sea Fleet.

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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.

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Small-size guided-missile Russian ship leaves on mission for Mediterranean

More than ten ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Baltic Fleet are performing tasks in the Mediterranean at present
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MOSCOW, June 17. /TASS/. The small-size guided-missile ship Mirazh of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has called out of the port of Sevastopol and is heading for the Mediterranean where it will join the Russian permanent naval grouping, the chief press officer of the Black Sea Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachov told TASS on Wednesday.

“This is the first long-distance mission for the ship’s crew and it is effectuated in line with a plan for the rotations of forces,” he said.

More than ten ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Baltic Fleet are performing tasks in the Mediterranean at present. Their list includes the missile-carrying cruiser Moskva, the frigate Pytlivy, the missile-carrying airfoil ship Samum, and the big amphibious ship Alexander Shabalin.

Three Combat Ships Join Russia’s Mediterranean Task Force

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Three combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet joined the permanent naval force of the Russian navy in the Mediterranean Sea, head of the fleet’s communication department Captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

Currently, some 10 combat and service ships are stationed with the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Three combat ships – the escort vessel Ladny and amphibious ships Saratov and Yamal – joined Russian naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea,” Trukhachev said.

He added that operation command is executed from the large destroyer ship Severomorsk of the Russia’s Northern Fleet.

Russian Navy ships will not be repaired by foreign shipyards

    

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Large landing ship of the Black Sea Fleet “Caesar Kunikov” was the last Russian ship, which was on the Bulgarian shipyard repair, according to Interfax-AVN citing military-diplomatic source.

“Russian ships will not continue to be renovated in the shipyards of Bulgaria or any other country. Landing ship “Caesar Kunikov” was the last unit, which was restored by foreign shipyards,” the spokesman said.

He explained that the current capacity of Russian shipyards allow to repair and modernize naval ships of all classes. Ships of the Black Sea Fleet has had an opportunity to restore the technical readiness without leaving Sevastopol this year.