The Russian Navy’s newest guided-missile frigate, Admiral Essen has left the Black Sea port of Sevastopol to embark on its mission to Syrian waters where it will join other Russian warships in its fight against terrorism.

The crew will undergo numerous trainings on rebuffing air attacks, attacks from shore and attacks from water. The crew must be on constant combat alert, as well as to be ready to cooperate in joint operations with the other deployed Russian warships stationed along the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean Sea.

Before the Admiral Essen joined the Black Sea Fleet, it completed a passage around Europe and launched Kalibr-NK cruise missiles on terrorist positions of ISIS in Syria. The innovated Russian frigate is also armed with the Shtil-1 medium-range surface-to-air missile system.

The Project 11356 frigates are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare in the high seas, as well as anti-aircraft actions, both independently and as a escort ship, with the support of a Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopter. 

The frigates are equipped with the 100 mm A 190, shipboard automatic artillery gun, an anti-aircraft battery, an anti-submarine rocket launcher and torpedoes. In fact, the 124 meter-long warship has the fighting power of a destroyer.

The demand for Russian warships have skyrocketed amid the successful Syrian liberation campaign.

Sputnik / AA Magnum-News 2017.


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