Russian Baltic Fleet Heading for the Mediterranean
Forthcoming Russian Naval Deployments Announced
Russian warships heading for the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Arctic this summer. The Russian Baltic Fleet spokesman, Roman Martov, told TASS Friday, May 12, that Russian naval vessels will make long-distance voyages to the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Arctic as part of their combat training in the summer training period from June 1 onwards.
Martov told reporters:
In the summer training period, warships of the Baltic Fleet will make long-distance voyages to the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Arctic and its surface ships and vessels will also take part in international maneuvers. The intensity of sea missions in the summer training period will increase considerably.
Martov did not specifying the time and the fleet’s forces for the planned long-distance voyages.
Russian Military Exercise Zapad-2017
Baltic Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Nosatov presided over a session of the Fleet’s Military Council held in Kaliningrad where further announcements were made. In September, the Baltic Fleet will take part in the joint Russia-Belarus military exercise Zapad-2017 (West-2017).
A spokesman summed up the results of the Fleet’s activity in the previous months:
During the winter training period, long-distance voyage assignments were worthily accomplished by the crew of the large amphibious assault ship Korolyov that operated both autonomously and as part of the Russian Navy’s permanent grouping in the Mediterranean, as well as by the personnel of the corvettes Boikiy and Soobrazitelny that practiced a set of combat training missions in the Northern Atlantic.
The Russian Baltic Fleet passed through the English Channel on April 14. Ramon Martov informed TASS that the corvettes Boiky and Soobrazitelny of the Russian Baltic Fleet and convoy vessels transited through the English Channel en route to the Atlantic Ocean. The corvettes were accompanied by the MB-123 tugboat and the Kola tanker. The detachment sailed from the port of Baltiisk on April 7.
Russia’s Baltic Fleet currently comprises 55 warships and 2 submarines.
Photo: Russian Navy Baltic Fleet corvette Boikiy in St Petersburg, 26 July 2013, by Radzuin.