Russian warships enter Mediterranean to form permanent task force - Russia TodaySubmitted by Mark Twain on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 13:54
Warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet have entered the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. Russia’s Navy Chief says the task force may be reinforced with nuclear submarines, as the country starts building up a permanent fleet in the region.
“The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships have entered this region,” the Pacific Fleet spokesman, Capt. First Rank Roman Martov told RIA Novosti.
The vessels are now heading to Cyprus...
“Overall, already from this year, we plan to have five or six warships and support vessels [in the Mediterranean Sea], which will be replaced on a rotating basis from each of the fleets – the Black Sea, Baltic, Northern and, in some cases, even the Pacific Fleet. Depending on the scope of assignments and their complexity, the number of warships in the task force may be increased,” Chirkov said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.
Russian Pacific Fleet Warships Enter Mediterranean
Admiral Nevelskoi © RIA Novosti. Ildus Gilazutdinov 06:45 16/05/2013
VLADIVOSTOK, May 16 (RIA Novosti) - A group of warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet entered the Mediterranean waters for the first time in decades... “The task forc... passed through the Suez Channel...