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Russia strengthens permanent naval presence in Mediterranean Sea

A patrol ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet set off for a journey to the Mediterranean Sea to enlarge the group of the Russian Navy in the region, representative of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

The ship, called Ladny, departed from the port of Sevastopol to join the permanent group of Russian vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, the official added.

Currently, the permanent group of Russian vessels in the Mediterranean Sea consists of more than a dozen warships and support vessels of the Pacific, Black Sea and Northern fleets.

Earlier, it was reported that the ship of the Black Sea Fleet, the Smetlivy, was sent to the Mediterranean Sea. The Smetlivy is the oldest warship and the last "singing frigate" (large anti-submarine ship of Project 61) in the structure of the Russian Navy. The ship is equipped with missiles, mines and torpedoes, anti-submarine, avionics, radar and anti-aircraft weapons.

At the beginning of 2016, missile cruiser the Varyag, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, was sent to the Mediterranean Sea to perform combat missions in the region.

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