Russia Sends Naval Flotilla To Syrian Port: Report
July 10, 2012
Group of Russian Northern Fleet ships heading to Syria – source
MOSCOW: The large anti-submarine ship, Admiral Chabanenko, and three large landing ships left Severomorsk on Tuesday for the Mediterranean Sea, where they are due to enter the Syrian port of Tartous, a military diplomatic source told Interfax-AVN.
“The program involves a visit to the Syrian port of Tartous which hosts a [Russian] naval base,” the source said.
During the journey, the Northern Fleet ships will be joined by the Baltic Fleet’s Yaroslav Mudry escort vessel and vessels from an auxiliary fleet, he said.
July 10, 2012
Russia sends naval flotilla to Syrian port
Russia has sent a naval flotilla of six warships led by an anti-submarine destroyer to its naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.
The Admiral Chabanenko and three landing craft have left their home port of Severomorsk in the Arctic Circle on their way to the Mediterranean where they will be joined by the Russian patrol ship Yaroslav Mudry as well as an assistance vessel, a military source told the agency.
“The program of the voyage includes a call in the Syrian port of Tartus,” the unnamed source told the news agency.
The source said the trip was taking place in line with the plans of military readiness of the Russian fleet. According to Interfax, the source insisted that the deployment “was not linked to the escalation of the situation in Syria.”
“In Tartus the ships are going to top up on supplies of fuel, water and foodstuffs,” the source said, adding that their deployment in the Mediterranean would last until the end of September.
Russia has been bitterly criticized by the West for failing to cut military ties with Syria despite the conflict between the regime and opposition rebels that has claimed thousands of lives.