Russia’s Mediterranean Task Force to Comprise 5-6 Warships – Navy Chief

RIA Novosti
Sunday 17th March, 2013

MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Navy will maintain 5-6 warships in the Mediterranean Sea as a task force to defend Russia’s interests in the area, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Sunday. “Up to five-six warships must be present in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis and control must be exercised through the command of the [Russian] Black Sea Fleet,” Chirkov said in an interview with the Zvezda TV network run by the Defense Ministry. The Russian Navy’s Mediterranean task force will comprise frigates and cruisers, as well as support vessels, he …

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