The large landing ship (BMC) of the Russian Navy, Caesar Kunikov, traveling with cargo to Syria, proceeded through the Black Sea straits to the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, according to local information portals publishing photographs of its passage through the Bosporus.
According to the Istanbul websites, the ship of the Black Sea Fleet is sent to the Syrian port of Tartus, where the material and technical support of the Russian Navy on the Mediterranean Sea is located. This is the sixth cruise of the ship to Syria this year.
As reported earlier, on Monday, the newest frigate of the Russian Navy, Admiral Essen, equipped with cruise missiles Caliber, entered the water area of the Mediterranean Sea, passing the Black Sea straits. The Russian frigate, after a short stay at the base of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, where it entered on July 5 after a military watch in the Mediterranean, once again returns to the shores of Syria as part of the permanent operational unit of the Russian Navy in the region.
On Thursday, last week, a cargo ship of the Russian Navy’s auxiliary fleet Dvina-50 was also passing through the Black Sea straits to Syria.
According to foreign media reports, the BDK and the ships of the Russian Navy’s auxiliary fleet are participating in an operation called the Syrian Express for the delivery of ammunition to the Russian air group at the Khmeimim air base near Latakia and the Syrian government army fighting Islamists, including the so-called “Islamic State” (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation).