Heavy aircraft carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” Russian Northern Fleet escorted by warships, is expected to go on Saturday in the long march – the Mediterranean, “Interfax” informed source.
“Ship aircraft carrier group with the cruiser” Admiral Kuznetsov “is sent in the long march”, – he said.
It is planned that the “Admiral Kuznetsov” will be part of a permanent task force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. As reported by “Interfax”, the long march the only Russian aircraft carrier will last 4-5 months.
As part of the wing, “Admiral Kuznetsov” – the latest MiG-29KR and MiG-29KUBR and planes Su-33, previously reported “Interfax”. In addition, for the “Admiral Kuznetsov” was prepared by combat helicopters Ka-52K “Katran” (naval version of the Ka-52 “Alligator”).
In previous years, the aircraft carrier several times to perform tasks in the eastern Mediterranean.
Operative connection of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea has about 10 ships.
“Admiral Kuznetsov” was laid on the stocks of the Black Sea Shipyard in 1982. The ship can carry more than 50 aircraft. As part of his arms – as cruise anti-ship missiles “Granit” missile and anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes “Blade” and “Chestnut”, automatic naval gun mount, as well as anti-submarine defense system.
Russia significantly strengthens military presence from the coast of Syria, pointing to the Mediterranean Sea, “Admiral Kuznetsov”, previously reported to “Interfax”, military expert, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov retired.
“For the first time in the history of the new Russia, we plan to apply the carrier aviation is not during the exercise, and in a war situation”, – said Leonid Ivashov, former Chief of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Defence Ministry.
“Apparently, will raise the aircraft, and they will perform some tasks There has never been such a precedent to naval aircraft used against the shore.”, – Said the former chief of the General Staff of the Russian Navy, Admiral Viktor Kravchenko air wings of the “Admiral Kuznetsov”.
Last week it became known that small missile ships “Serpukhov” and “Green Dol” Black Sea fleet, equipped with cruise missiles “Caliber”, directed on the basis of a planned rotation of the permanent task force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, the composition of the compound joins a small rocket ship Black Sea Fleet “Mirage” with cruise missiles “Malachite”. “Mirage” is designed to protect sea lanes, the protection of convoys, combat surface ships in coastal areas.
August 19 ships “Zeleny Dol” and “Serpukhov” performed three launches of cruise missiles “Caliber” from the eastern Mediterranean to the terrorists in Syria.