Russian aircraft carrier to carry out exercises in Med Sea

Russia is sending its northern fleet led by the country’s only aircraft carrier, the “Admiral Kuznetsov,” to the Mediterranean Sea for exercises, daily Hürriyet reported on its website Thursday.

The Kuznetsov will sail the waters in the Barents Sea for a week and carry out drills there first, the report said.

The carrier will then start a three-month voyage to the Mediterranean Sea via the Northeast Atlantic. It will be joined by anti-submarine ship “Admiral Chabanenko” and other vessels.

It was not yet decided which ports the ships would visit but it was possible that the fleet could take part in military exercises with fleets of other countries in the region while it is in the Mediterranean.

The last time the Admiral Kuznetsov sailed in Mediterranean waters was in the winter of 2008-2009, when it visited ports in Turkey and Syria.

 

Friday, September 30, 2011
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet