Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is set to carry out tactical exercises in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea starting on August 15th, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on Thursday.
Altogether, 10 warships will engage in live artillery and missile fire “under simulated battlefield conditions” including The Serpukhov and The Zelyony Dol, which are equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, will take part in the exercises
The force includes two fast attack guided missile craft, both armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile complexes equipped with 8 missiles each.
Simultaneously, on August 15, a group of four attack guided missile craft (each armed with 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles) will be deployed in the southwestern part of the Caspian Sea to perform live artillery and missile strikes, the ministry says.
The warships are “fully combat ready” and capable of delivering strikes on targets inside Syria, according to Vladimir Komoedov, the head of the Russian State Duma’s Defense Committee and former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, as cited by Interfax.