Russian warships to hold missile firing drills off Syria’s coast

July 6, 2018


MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. The Russian Navy’s Mediterranean taskforce warships will hold missile firing drills off the coast of Syria, according to a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) circulated on Friday.

An area in the eastern Mediterranean between the Syrian coast and the island of Cyprus across the port of Tartus will be reserved for drills of the Russian Navy with the launches of missiles. The area will be closed for flights from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Moscow time on July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, the NOTAM says.

The Russian Navy’s permanent taskforce in the Mediterranean Sea may comprise from 10 to 20 warships and support vessels depending on assigned missions. Warships with precision weapons are necessarily present in Russia’s Mediterranean Squadron. In particular, the Project 11356 frigate Admiral Essen armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles returned to Sevastopol from the Mediterranean Sea on June 30.

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