Latest black sea fleet frigate “Admiral Grigorovich”, armed with missiles “Calibre”, was released on 3 November from Sevastopol and headed to the Mediterranean sea. According to unofficial data, the ship will join the group of Russian warships off the coast of Syria.
On the exit of the frigate Sevastopol reported RIA “Novosti” a source in law enforcement bodies of Crimea. “The latest missile frigate of the black sea fleet “Admiral Grigorovich” today comes from the database and sent to the Mediterranean where it will join the group of Russian warships off the coast of Syria”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
According to him, the arrival of the frigate will be a “quite significant enhancement” to the Mediterranean grouping of the Russian Navy. “The ship is versatile, able to launch missile strikes on long distances as in surface and ground targets”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
The source noted that “Admiral Grigorovich” will be integrated into the overall air defense system of the Russian group. “For the crew it will be a good practice in terms of combat service,” – said the source RIA “Novosti”. According to him, on the ground of the black sea fleet sailors have already fulfilled the work of the artillery and repel attacks from the air, and work with naval aviation and anti-submarine helicopters.
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Familiar with the situation source of”Interfax” also said that “Admiral Grigorovich” left Sevastopol in the long March. A spokesman said that the frigate after two days will become part of the permanent operative connection of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean sea.
Frigate “Admiral Grigorovich” in June of 2016 arrived in Sevastopol and became part of the black sea fleet. It is the lead patrol ship of the far sea zone project 11356. Patrol ships of this series have a displacement of about four thousand tons, speed – 30 knots endurance – 30 days. The frigate is armed with cruise missiles “Caliber-NK” missile defense complex “Shtil-1″ gun mount A-190 100 mm caliber, anti-aircraft artillery, jet bomb installation, torpedoes can carry a carrier-based Ka-27 helicopter (or Ka-31).
“Rossiyskaya Gazeta” wrote on October 28, from Sevastopol to the shores of Syria moved a patrol ship of the black sea fleet “Sharp-witted”. In the message of the Ministry of defense noted that the ship headed for the Greek port of Piraeus. It was noted that the crew will take part in the events of the Year of Russia in Greece, which will be held from October 31 to November 1 in Athens and Piraeus. The ship was supposed to stay in the Greek port until November 2.
The Times newspaper on 31 October, citing intelligence reportedthat Russia is preparing full-scale military offensive on Aleppo, planning to use the political lull in the United States, which will occur there at the time of the presidential election. The operation is being prepared in the interests of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has to either stop any resistance, regardless of collateral damage, either to create such a terrible situation that the civilian population forced the rebels to leave, the newspaper writes, referring to intelligence analysis.
The newspaper noted that the only Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, October 15, began his campaign in the Mediterranean sea in the composition of naval strike group may be involved in the attack. According to the newspaper, the operation will begin this week and, according to Russian plans, should be completed by mid-January 2017.
Sources The Sunday Times on 30 October reported that the ship’s band of the Russian Federation led by “Admiral Kuznetsov” was joined by three Russian submarines, equipped with cruise missiles “Caliber”. According to the newspaper, the military chiefs of NATO fear that they can strike at targets in Syria.
In recent weeks, repeatedly sounded the assumption that Russia is preparing a massive operation to capture Aleppo with the participation of its naval group. In particular, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concernthat the fleet can be used “as a platform for air strikes on Syria.”