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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to receive three submarines, two frigates in 2017

Naval Forces News - Russia
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to receive three submarines, two frigates in 2017
Three advanced submarines and two frigates will arrive for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in 2017, Fleet Commander Alexander Vitko said. "We will receive three submarines and two frigates in 2017," Vitko said at an enlarged meeting of the Defense Ministry’s board.
Russian Submarine Project 636 Varshavyanka SSKRussia's Black Sea Fleet new Project 636 (Varshavyanka-class) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) "B-261 Novorossiysk" transiting in Belgium's EEZ. File Picture: Belgian Navy
In particular, the talk is about the submarines Krasnodar and Stary Oskol.

"The fleet is receiving advanced ships. This year, we have received about 30 ships and vessels, including 10 warships and boats," the commander said. According to him, the Black Sea Fleet has formed a new coastal defense large unit.

In 2016, Black Sea Fleet ships have passed at sea twice as much time as planned. "This year was very intensive for the Black Sea Fleet. We accomplished tasks in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and the Black and the Azov Seas. The ships passed at sea twice as much time as planned," Vitko said.

According to him, the frigate Admiral Grigorovich and the small missile ships Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov delivered strikes against militants in Syria.

"Kalibr [NATO reporting name: SS-N-27 Sizzler] missiles have shown their effectiveness," he added. "In 2017, we will continue operating as part of the Russian Navy’s grouping in the Mediterranean Sea," the commander said.

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