8 Feb 2019 18:22

Russian warships to hold missile firing drills in Black Sea

MOSCOW. Feb 8 (Interfax-AVN) - The Black Sea Fleet ships will sail out to the sea for missile and artillery firing drills, the fleet's spokesperson Alexei Rulev said.

"The next stage in the combat exercise of the Black Sea Fleet ship crews will be to sail out to the sea to complete a range of missile and artillery firings against naval, aerial and coastal targets," Rulev said.

Currently in Sevastopol, the frigate Admiral Essen is undergoing a combat-readiness inspection led by the Fleet's Commander Rear Admiral Alexander Moiseyev, the spokesman said.

The frigate Admiral Essen is the second Project 11356 ship of the sea zone. Ships of this series have a displacement of some 4,000 tonnes, their speed is 30 knots, and their cruising endurance is 30 days. They are equipped with Kalibr-NK missiles, missile systems Shtil-1, A-190 gun mounts of caliber 100 mm, anti-aircraft artillery systems, anti-submarine rocket launchers, torpedoes, and can also carry deck-based Kamov Ka-27 (or Ka-31) helicopters.

The frigate has completed several missions as part of the Russian Navy permanent task force in the Mediterranean Sea from where it launched cruise missiles against militant positions in Syria.