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Russia Deploys New Frigate to Med Armed With Long-Range Kalibr Cruise Missiles

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Admiral Makarov

In a continuing bid to build a robust naval presence in the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria, Russia has deployed one of its newest ships, the frigate Admiral Kamarov, armed with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles.

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“The Black Sea Navy Fleet’s frigate Admiral Makarov left [Navy base] Sevastopol and laid a course for the Black Sea straits. The vessel will be acting in the standing naval force of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in statement.

The ministry did not say whether the frigate was supposed to take part in the military operation in Syria where Moscow has backed President Bashar Assad since entering the war in 2015.

President Vladimir Putin said in May that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria.

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Russia deployed several warships to the Mediterranean this summer, including the Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Essen and Pytlivy frigates, along with landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov and the Vishny Volochek missile corvette. reported The Moscow Times.

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