World 22-03-2019

Russian Navy performs military maneuvers near the Syrian coast

The Russian Naval Force has carried out military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, near the Syrian coasts, reports a Syrian portal.

The frigate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Essen, made the maneuvers to test his counterattack capabilities in the face of massive assaults with missiles by a hypothetical enemy, the Syrian portal Al-Masdarnews reported Friday .

"The air defense teams of the frigate of the Black Sea fleet, Admiral Essen, carried out simulations to protect a base of massive air and missile attacks from a hypothetical enemy in the Mediterranean Sea," the paper quoted the service as saying. News of the Russian Black Sea Fleet

The exercises were successful, adds the portal, underlining the excellent maneuver of the Russian Naval Forces in identifying and eliminating the hypothetical enemy missiles.

Admiral Essen, is the second frigate and the first ship in series of the project 11 356. The frigates of this project have a displacement of 4000 tons, measure 125 meters in length, and can sail at a maximum speed of 30 knots and have 180 crew.

Admiral Essen, equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, a 100-millimeter A-190 cannon, 533-millimeter torpedo tubes and a Ka-27 deck helicopter (or Ka-31), was incorporated into Russia's permanent naval group in Mediterranean since this March.

Russia has several ships in the Mediterranean and a naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus , from where it carries out many operations against terrorist bands in Syria, such as ISIL (Daesh, in Arabic).

The Russian Navy often conducts exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, in the framework of its support for Syria's anti-terrorist fight, which is produced at the request of the Government of Damascus, presided over by Bashar al-Assad.

With these simulations, the Russian Army also sends a warning to Western countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France, which have threatened on multiple occasions to attack Syria under false pretexts.

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