task force on Dec 23 passed Gibraltar Strait and entered the Mediterranean
Fleet (NF) aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov on Dec 23 passed
Gibraltar Strait and entered the Mediterranean Sea. Other ships of the
carrier strike group passed the strait few hours earlier.
In accordance with further plans, the Russian Navy's task force consisting
of NF large ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko, Baltic Fleet (BF) frigate Yaroslav
Mudry, and NF tanker Sergei Osipov paid a formal visit to Spanish port
Aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and other supply vessels in the nearest
time will head for anchorage site in western part of the Mediterranean
Sea in order to replenish the carrier's supplies.
sole aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov
(picture: US DoD)
Black Sea Fleet (BSF) frigate
Ladny joined the carrier group on Friday, Dec 23.
The long-range cruise started on Dec 6 when Admiral Kuznetsov, large ASW
ship Admiral Chabanenko, and auxiliary vessels departed from Northern
Fleet's main base. As for now, the carrier group has covered over 4,000
The interfleet force was shaped on Dec 12 when BF frigate Yaroslav Mudry
joined the carrier group in the Moray Firth.
Heading through the Atlantic, crews of the carrier group were improving
naval skills and performed dozens of drills within the interfleet grouping.
Air wing carried out training flights; deck-based fighters and helicopters
practiced takeoffs and landings on board the aircraft carrier and other
In the Mediterranean Sea, Russian naval mariners will proceed with drills
within the interfleet task force. Training flights of deck-based aviation
will be continued as well.