The Russian Black Sea Fleet's medium reconnaissance ship Ekvator has arrived in the Mediterranean Sea, a military diplomatic source told Interfax-AVN on Friday.
"The Ekvator under the command of Captain 2nd Rank Igor Belykh sailed out of Sevastopol last Sunday. It embarked on its mission in the appointed district of the Mediterranean Sea yesterday. The ship is not a member of the Russian Navy's [Mediterranean] group. It follows the General Staff's instructions," he said.
Apart from the Ekvator, the Black Sea Fleet's reconnaissance ship SSV-201 Priazovye has been operating in the Mediterranean Sea for a month and a half, the source said.
The Priazovye is due to return to Sevastopol at the beginning of November, he said.
The Russian Navy's missile carrying cruiser Moskva, surveillance ship Smetlivy and large assault ships Azov, Alexander Shabalin, Minsk, Novocherkassk and Nikolai Filchenko are currently present in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Syrian port of Tartus, which houses the Russian Navy's logistics support base, also accommodates the Black Sea Fleet's PM-138 floating repair shop.
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