Three more combat ships to join permanent operative junction of Russian Navy in Mediterranean

The guard missile cruiser Moskva, the large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov, and the guard ship Smetlivy will join the permanent operative junction of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean on September 15-17, the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

The guard missile cruiser Moskva, the large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov, and the guard ship Smetlivy will join the permanent operative junction of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean on September 15-17, the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

"The guard missile cruiser Moskva passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and is now heading to the eastern Mediterranean, where it will meet with the ships making up the permanent operative junction. The cruiser is expected to arrive in the area on September 17," the department said.

"The big landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov and the guard ship Smetlivy will pass through the Bosporus and Dardanelles on September 12-14 and will head to the Eastern Mediterranean, where the permanent operative junction is located," the department said.

The source recalled that "the permanent operative junction of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean is comprised of the large landing ships Peresvet, Admiral Nevelsky, Minsk, Novocherkassk, Alexander Shabalin, the large destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, and the guard ship Neustrashimy."

"The ships are fulfilling orders issued by the operative command in a remote area, which is now headquartered aboard the large destroyer, the Admiral Panteleyev," the source said.

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