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.

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First Russian-Egyptian joint naval drills to enter active phase on June 10

The eight-day drills will involve Russia’s missile cruiser Moskva, with Ka-27 helicopter, corvette Samum, landing ship Alexander Shabalin, tanker Ivan Bubnov and a tugboat MB-31
The Moskva missile cruiser

The Moskva missile cruiser

  The active phase of the Russian-Egyptian Friendship Bridge-2015 joint naval exercise will start on June 10, captain Igor Dygalo told reporters.

The Russian-Egyptian first joint naval exercises Bridge of Friendship-2015 in the Mediterranean Sea are due to enter their active phase on Wednesday, Russian Navy spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo has told reporters.

The united control center of the drills in Egypt’s port of Alexandria will set the tasks before the commanders and crews of the vessels on Tuesday before the start of the maneuvers in the sea.

The crews of the vessels will receive the final instructions on implementing the tasks during the drills. The ships are due to hold exercises on air defense and repelling attacks of small-size targets. The sides will also exchange officers-monitors.

Russian-Egyptian naval exercises will become an important step for increasing mutual understanding and enhancing confidence, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Monday.

The eight-day drills will involve Russia’s missile cruiser Moskva, with Ka-27 helicopter, corvette Samum, landing ship Alexander Shabalin, tanker Ivan Bubnov and a tugboat MB-31.

Egypt is contributing the frigates Taba and Damiyat, the tanker Shatalin, two patrol boats April 25 and June 18, and two F-16 fighters.

The 16-member shore staff headquarters of the exercises will be based in the united control center of Egypt’s Navy in the port of Alexandria. The Moskva missile cruiser will accommodate the field headquarters of the command.