December 1, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
SEVASTOPOL, Russia – Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachyov said on Friday that Russia’s Naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea will be bolstered with the arrival of the Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich
“Today the crew of the Black Sea Fleet’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich has started accomplishing missions of its planned passage from Sevastopol to the Mediterranean Sea,” the spokesman said.
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“The warship left the fleet’s main naval base immediately after the ceremony devoted to the beginning of a new training year,” he continued.
“Currently, the submarines Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino are performing missions in the Mediterranean Sea, to which the frigate Admiral Grigorovich is also heading,” the admiral said.
“For the first time in the history of the Black Sea Fleet, the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle was practiced from the board of the frigate Admiral Grigorovich. The aircraft-type drone both took off and for the first time in the Navy’s history landed on the warship’s deck at sea,” the admiral said.
Russia’s only Mediterranean naval port is in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.