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Russian warships to visit Syrian port

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By: Ria Novosti on: 12.01.2009

MOSCOW, January 12 (RIA Novosti) – A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet will visit on Monday the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russian Navy keeps a maintenance and resupply site, a Navy spokesman said. (Russian Navy modernized – Image gallery)

The task force, which includes the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Admiral Levchenko destroyer and the Nikolay Chiker salvage tug, is currently on a tour of duty in the Mediterranean.

Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said the carrier group had carried out joint exercises with the Turkish Navy last week and would return to its duties in the Mediterranean Sea after visiting Tartus.

The Soviet-era Navy maintenance site near Tartus is the only Russian foothold in the Mediterranean.

Russian media reports have suggested the facility could be turned into a base for the country’s Black Sea Fleet, which could lose its current main base in Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula in 2017.

About 50 naval personnel and three floating piers are reportedly deployed at the Tartus site, which can accommodate up to a dozen warships, and Russia is expanding the port and building a pier in nearby El-Latakia.

No official confirmation of the reports has been made.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090112/119434778.html

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Please Russia CONFIRM
by pilot-x on 12.01.2009 [21:43 ]
The world waits… holding their breath in anticipation…

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Written by morris

January 13, 2009 at 12:34 am

Posted in Gaza, israel, Russia, Syria, Tartus

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  1. […] Russian Navy ships have just arrived in Russia. […]

  2. A Russian naval task force led by aircraft carrier docks at Syrian port
    January 13, 2009, 2:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

    The force, which includes the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Admiral Levchenko destroyer and the Nikolay Chiker salvage tug, was due to call in at the Syrian port of Tartus Monday, Jan. 12 after carrying out joint exercises with the Turkish navy last week.

    DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the arrival of the Russian flotilla in wartime is unusual and especially significant given Syria’s role as one of the staunchest backers of Hamas which is embroiled in a war against Israel further down the coast in Gaza.
    Our sources believe Moscow may be signaling its disapproval of Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip.
    DEBKAfile’s military sources report that 50 Russian seamen are permanently based at the Syrian maintenance and resupply facility, the only Russian base in the Mediterranean.

    Russia is expanding Tartus port, which has six piers and building a pier at a second Syrian port Latakia.
    During the Russian-Georgian War last August, the Russian government decided to turn the Syrian port into a back-up facility for its Black Sea fleet and its base at the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol.

    http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5849

    morris

    January 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm


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