Russia Navy to have permanent fleet in Mediterranean

Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:43

Moscow: The Russian Navy will station a permanent task force in the Mediterranean Sea, Admiral Viktor Chirkov said.

"Up to five or six warships must be present in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis," Xinhua quoted Chirkov as telling a TV station run by the defence ministry.

He said the squadron would be made up of frigates, cruisers and support vessels, and would be under the command of Russia`s Black Sea Fleet.

Earlier, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu also said the navy possessed the capabilities to form a workable squadron in the region.

He, however, did not give a timetable for the deployment, which would need to ensure logistics and maintenance of warships in the Mediterranean.


First Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:00

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