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The Kalibr cruise missile-equipped Serpukhov and Zeleny Dol corvettes are planned to join the Russian Navy’s permanent task force as part of an off-shore maritime zone rotation in the Mediterranean.
“The Third Black Sea Fleet small missile ship, the Mirazh (Project 1234), has left Sevastopol for the Mediterranean Sea,” a source in the Crimean security agencies told RIA Novosti.
“The fast-attack guided missile craft (FAC) of the Black Sea, ‘Mirage’ (Mirazh), has left Sevastopol and set out on a long Mediterranean journey, after having completed a round of preparations,” the interim head of the information department for the Black Sea fleet, Captain 2nd-rank Nikolay Voskresensky said.
“It is planned that the vessel will go via Black Sea straits and enter the Mediterranean, where it will join the standing naval force of the Russian Fleet in the region,” Captain Nikolay Voskresensky added.
The source noted that the vessel is equipped with the Malakhit anti-ship missile.
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet confirmed that its third small missile ship has embarked on a voyage from Sevastopol, Crimea, to the Mediterranean.
“The Black Sea Fleet’s small missile ship is planned to sail through the Black Sea strait and enter the Mediterranean Sea tomorrow, where it will join the Navy’s permanent task force in accordance with the rotation plan,” the fleet said.
A Russian navy spokesman said on Wednesday that two missile corvettes of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet left their base in Sevastopol to reinforce Russia’s group of warships in the Mediterranean.
The latest news about ‘Mirage’ comes just a day after the Russian Navy announced that two ships had joined the Russian sea force in Syria: the ‘Serpukhov’ and the ‘Zeleny Dol’.
The warships, The Serpukhov and The Zelyony Dol which are equipped with Kalibr long-range cruise missiles, left Sevastopol on Tuesday and are expected to reach the Mediterranean on Wednesday evening, Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said.
The ‘Mirage’ is aimed at protecting sea communications and convoys, and can also fight attack vessels in coastal areas. It is equipped with Malakhit cruise missile launchers and the Osa-M air defense system and artillery.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that a battery of S-300 air defense systems has been delivered to Syria to protect a naval base in the port of Tartus as well as Russian warships deployed off the Syrian coast.
“Syria received an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. This system is designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in Syrian city of Tartus and ships located in the coastal area in Syria” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
Konashenkov said it is unclear why the deployment of the missile system has created such a fuss in the West, adding that the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is a purely defensive system and poses no threat.
The system reportedly has a range of 250 kilometers (roughly 150 miles) and can simultaneously engage up to 24 aircraft or 16 ballistic targets in various combinations.
‘Mirage’ is well-known due to its participation in the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict back in 2008.
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