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September 4, 2013
Three Russian naval ships to enter Mediterranean September 5
MOSCOW: Two Ropucha-class amphibious assault ships of the Black Sea and Baltic Sea fleets – Novocherkassk and Minsk – and one reconnaissance ship of the Black Sea Fleet – Vishnya-class intelligence ship SSV-201 Priazovye – will enter the Mediterranean September 5-6, a source at Russia’s General Staff has told ITAR-TASS.
All three ships set course for the Mediterranean from the same base – the port of Novorossiysk. Priazovie has been en route since Monday, and Novocherkassk and Minsk, since Tuesday. The ships will pass through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles one by one, on September 5 and 6, to enter the Mediterranean practically at the same time,” the source said.
“Whereas Novocherkassk and Minsk were dispatched for the Mediterranean within the framework of rotation of Russia’s permanent naval force and will operate according to the plans of…
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