Russian Navy sends reconnaissance ship to Syrian coast - source

The Baltic fleet's reconnaissance ship Vasily Tatishchev has left Baltiysk for the eastern part of the Mediterranean, a military source told Interfax-AVN on Oct.5

The Baltic fleet's reconnaissance ship Vasily Tatishchev has left Baltiysk for the eastern part of the Mediterranean, a military source told Interfax-AVN on Oct.5.

"The Vasily Tatishchev has left for the coast of Syria, where it will join and reinforce the Russian naval group in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. The ship will be fulfilling its mission. Its crew will monitor the situation on the airwaves both in Syria and all neighboring countries, and also over their territorial waters," the source said.

The source said this approach is considered routine for Baltic fleet reconnaissance ships. "They once successfully monitored the war in Yugoslavia," the source said.

The Baltic fleet press service declined to comment on the issue.

The Danish media previously published a photo of the Russian warship, which passed through the Baltic strait zone and entered the North Sea last weekend.

The Project 864 Meridian reconnaissance ship Vasily Tatishchev has a displacement of 3,470 tonnes and is 94.4 meters long. Its cruising endurance is 7,000 nautical miles. Its crew consists of 146 people.

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