Two Russian Ships In The Mediterranean

Russia’s sole remaining Kashin class (Project 61M) large ASW destroyer Smetlivyy is preparing for a deployment to the Mediterranean. The Black Sea Fleet ship, based in Sevastopol will sail to Italy to take part in the annual joint Russian-Italian naval exercise IONIEX 2011.

According to the web site, recently, all ship’s systems were tested in different modes at sea, and the crew held teamwork drills.

Joint exercise IONIEX regularly conducted off Italy demonstrates developing cooperation between Russian and Italian navies. Mariners of the two countries conduct tactical maneuvering, inspection and rescue operations, communication drills, and practice repelling of small-size target attacks.

158 RS Tsesar Kunikov in Istanbul, in 2008.

The destroyer will also conduct some port visits.

In the mean time Ropucha-I class (Project 775) large landing ship Tsesar Kunikov is in Corfu, Greece to take part in Russian Week festival.

According to the web site, in the port of Pylos, the crew of  Tsesar Kunikov  will represent Russia at celebration related to anniversary of the Navarino Sea Battle. Later, the ship call at the port of Piraeus.

This year’s cruise program for the first time includes formal calls at Greek ports Argostolion, Cephalonia Island and Alexandroupolis, Rhodes Island.

Tsesar Kunikov will also visit Montenegrin port Kotor.

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