A military-diplomatic source said that the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov will replenish supplies in the port of Tartus in Syria, and then take part in exercises with the Chinese and South African navies.
The TASS news agency quoted a source as saying: “The frigate (Admiral Gorshkov), the Zirkon hypersonic missile carrier, will head to the logistics post in the port of Tartus in Syria, and then take part in joint naval exercises with the Chinese and South African navies.”
The agency indicated that there is no official confirmation of this information yet.
From February 17 to February 27, naval maneuvers will be held with the participation of ships from South Africa, Russia and China.
As explained in a statement by the South African Ministry of Defense: “The exercise will take place in the Indian Ocean for 10 days in the areas of the coastal city of Durban and Richards Bay, their goal is to exchange operational skills and knowledge.” our countries.
The South African Ministry of Defense also indicated that the first such trilateral exercise was held in November 2019 in the Cape Town area of South Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.
The exercise area this time will be the waters from Durban to Richards Bay, the distance between which is 87 nautical miles (161 km). Previously, the South African Ministry of Defense said that Russia, according to preliminary plans, will provide it with two warships.
The patrolling of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” is carried out under the command of the commander of the missile ships of the Northern Fleet, Commander Oleg Gladkov. The main task of the frigate is to ensure the Russian naval presence in strategically important areas of the oceans.
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