Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said, as the country celebrated Navy Day with a show of strength, that Russian navy will deploy a total of 26 new ships in 2018, including four carrying Kalibr cruise missiles on board.
The commander of the Black Sea fleet, which is based in Crimea’s port of Sevastopol, Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said six new vessels including missile ships would be inducted to the fleet by the end of the year.
The lead Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Gorshkov, was introduced into the Russian navy, which are armed with Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles and Poliment-Redut surface-to-air missile systems, and the navy expects six of the type to be delivered by 2025.
Kalibr missiles fired from Russian ships in the Mediterranean and the Caspian Sea have been used as part of Moscow’s military intervention in the conflict in Syria in support of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
Putin reviewed a spectacular annual naval display on the Neva River in Saint Petersburg with 39 warships carrying out maneuvers. He told the 4,000 servicemen taking part that the navy “is making a weighty contribution to the fight against international terrorism.
The Navy Day celebrations also included a parade in Russia’s Syrian base of Tartus in the Mediterranean for the second time, involving five ships and the Kolpino diesel submarine.
The Defense Post / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.