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Russian landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov heading towards the Syrian coast

Sep 06, 2013

Moscow, (SANA)- The Russian landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will leave Sevastopol for the Syrian coast to carry out its mission, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian navy source as saying on Friday.

"The vessel will dock in Novorossiysk where it will take special cargo on board and head to the designated area of military service in the eastern Mediterranean," the source noted.

It pointed out that the vessel had recently returned to Sevastopol after having carried out four cruises to the Mediterranean within the Russian operational naval formation.

Nikolai Filchenkov displaces 4,650 tons. Her length is 113.1 meters, beam is 15.6 meters, draft is 4.5 meters, speed is 16.5 knots, fuel range is 10,000 miles at 15 knots, capacity is up to 1,500 tons of cargoes and military hardware. Armament: 57-mm gun mount ZIF-31B, 2 x 2 25-mm antiaircraft guns 2M-3M, 3 x 4 MANPADS, MLRS A-215 Grad-M. Crew is 55 men.

A group of Russian warships, including the landing ships Novocherkassk and Minsk, Thursday crossed the Phosphorus heading towards the east Mediterranean.

A Russian military source said these ships left the Black Sea Fleet's base in Novorossiysk to carry out a mission in the region.

Earlier, the Russian cruiser Moscow arrived in the Mediterranean.

H. Said

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