Large landing ship Saratov joins Russian Navy's task force in Mediterranean

The Black Sea Fleet's large landing ship Saratov has reunited with the Russian Navy's task force in the Mediterranean Sea, a source in the Navy Staff told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

"The large landing ship Saratov and the lifting and mooring ship KIL-158 of the Black Sea Fleet passed through Black Sea straits and reached the Mediterranean Sea on Monday," the source said.

Large landing ships attached to the Russian Navy's task force permanently deployed in the Mediterranean regularly visit Russian Black Sea ports, including Novorossiysk, for replenishing their reserves.

Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko reported to the president on September 23, 2014, that cargo was being transported by sea from Novorossiysk to Crimea and Syria.

The Saratov made at least four Mediterranean voyages in 2014.

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