Russia frigate Admiral Gorshkov armed with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles to go to Syria

According to information published by Tass on January 24, 2023, the Russian Navy’s cutting-edge frigate Admiral Gorshkov carrying Tsirkon hypersonic missiles will replenish supplies at the Syrian port of Tartus and participate in the joint drills with the Chinese and South African navies in its long-distance deployment.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Navy's Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov.(Picture source: cezarium)

The Russian naval facility in Tartus is a leased military installation of the Russian Navy located on the northern edge of the sea port of the Syrian city of Tartus.

Up until 2017, Russian official usage classified the installation as a Material-Technical Support Point and not as a base. Tartus is the Russian Navy's only Mediterranean repair and replenishment point, sparing Russia’s warships the trip back to their Black Sea bases through the Turkish Straits.

The Tartus facility currently can accommodate four medium-sized vessels but only if both of its 100 m (330 ft) floating piers, inside the northern breakwater, are operational.

It is not (yet) capable of hosting any of the Russian Navy's current major warships which range in length from the 129 m (423 ft) Neustrashimy-class frigate through to the 163 m (535 ft) Udaloy-class destroyer, much less cruisers such as the 186.4 m (612 ft) Slava class and the 252 m (827 ft) Kirov class, or the 305 m (1,001 ft) Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier and the 156 m (512 ft) Sovremennyy-class destroyer. It is however, in theory at least, presently able to support limited vertical replenishment operations for those larger warships.