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Russian Mediterranean fleet to be expanded to 11 warships

Published time: September 16, 2013 18:23
Edited time: September 17, 2013 11:23
The Yamal large landing craft (RIA Novosti/Alexey Kudenko)

The Yamal large landing craft (RIA Novosti/Alexey Kudenko)

The Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea will be boosted by another military vessel till the end of September, according to the country’s Black Sea Fleet command.

The large landing ship, Yamal, is set to depart from the port of Sevastopol, Ukraine by the end of the month to join the 10 vessels Russia already has in Mediterranean waters.

“The Yamal’s crew has completed preparations for relocation to the Mediterranean Sea,” Captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev, the Black Sea Fleet information chief told ITAR-TASS news agency. “As part of the preparatory period, the ship has performed several drive outs, which included target practice on sea and land.”

The Yamal will represent the country at the annual ‘Russian Weeks’ forum in Greece, which this year will be hosted by the Ionian Islands.  

The large landing ship – commanded by Captain Sergey Gritsay – is also expected to be called to the Greek port of Pylos and to visit Montenegro, Trukhachev added.

The Yamal vessel, which has been in service since 1988, is designed for landing operations and the transportation of military personnel and cargo. It’s able to carry up to 250 troops and 10 tanks.

Russia began military build-up in the Mediterranean in 2012, establishing a constant presence in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea since December last year.

On May 1, all of the country’s battleships operating in the area were assigned to a single task force under special offshore maritime zone operation command.

Currently there are ten Russian warships deployed in the Mediterranean: large landing ships 'Aleksandr Shabalin’, ‘Admiral Nevelskoy’, ‘Peresvet’, ‘Novocherkassk’, ‘Minsk’ and ‘Nikolay Fylchenkov’; large anti-submarine ship ‘Admiral Panteleyev’; escort vessel ‘Neustrashimy’; guard patrol ship ‘Smetlivy’ and guided-missile cruiser ‘Moskva’. MAKE SURE

The mounting pressure around Syria has seen naval forces both friendly and hostile to Damascus building up off the country’s coastline.

Besides the Russian warships, there are US aircraft carriers ‘Nimitz’ and ‘Harry S. Truman’; guided-missile cruiser ‘Gettysburg’ and ‘San Jacinto’ and a number of other American military vessels deployed in the area.

The French navy frigate ‘Chevalier Paul’, which specializes in anti-missile capabilities, is also in the Mediterranean Sea.

Comments (25)


alain dejean 20.05.2014 07:48

It is not easy to manage this. Where to go ? Black Sea can be blocked in Bosphorus and Dardanelles. (similar to Pearl Harbour in 1941) Mediterranean Sea can be block in Gibraltar and in Suez. The only way to attack is Artic Sea with submarines. USA knows that, as they know that Ormuz could be blocked by Iran. Dangerous chess game. I don't understand France position (may be to much Zionist in the government)


Rhonda Reichel 18.09.2013 16:40

ValmoNT 18.09.2013 02:40

_____________ _______ __________________&l t;BR>They should make great fish reefs when we send them to the bottom.<BR>___ _____ ____________________ ___________<BR> ;Who is "we"? And why would "you" even try to do that?<BR>Are you a Al Nusra lowlife? <BR>Or just a garden variety warmongering lunatic with a small penls, projecting his castrated impotence to a fleet serving zionist-corporate interests? Don't bother to answer. I couldn't care less. <BR>


Good Call !!!


Rhonda Reichel 18.09.2013 16:39

ships and planes are obsolete anyway due to scalar weapons.....only useful as a show of force....4 nations have HAARP capabilities...U.S, Israel, Russia & China
Looks like a draw to me

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