Russia Navy frigate Admiral Gorshkov fires Zircon hypersonic missile in Atlantic

According to information published by Tass on January 25, 2023, Russia’s cutting-edge frigate Admiral Gorshkov has practiced Tsirkon hypersonic missile strikes in the Atlantic.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Admiral Gorshkov class frigate Admiral Gorshkov. (Picture source: Russian MoD)

According to the top brass, the crew of the frigate, currently on a mission in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, "practiced a Tsirkon hypersonic missile strike on a target simulating an enemy warship at a distance of more than 900 kilometers."

The crew demonstrated a high degree of coordination while performing the combat training task, the ministry said.

The naval task force consisting of the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov and the tanker ship Kama has been deployed in distant waters under the command of Northern Fleet Missile Ships Division Commander Captain 1st Rank Oleg Gladky.

In February, joint drills are scheduled to take place with the navies of the Republic of South Africa and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army off South African coasts, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian frigate left Russia on January 4, 2023, for a long journey. For the moment it is known that it crossed the English Channel, went along France, Portugal, and would be currently in direction of the United States.

On February 17, the ship is supposed to start an exercise off the coast of South Africa with China and Russia except the Russian authorities announced that the ship had to make a stop at the port of Tartus to refuel.