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Russia's destroyer Smetlivy departs from Sevastopol to Syrian waters.
Friday, September 13, 2013 5:23
Russia's destroyer Smetlivy departs from Sevastopol to Syrian waters.(RBTH).
The Russian Black Sea Fleet destroyer Smetlivy has departed from the fleet's main base of Sevastopol to accomplish missions in the eastern Mediterranean, a military diplomat told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.
“The Smetlivy under command of Capt. 2nd Rank Andrei Zaitsev departed from Sevastopol this morning and headed for the Bosporus Strait. The destroyer will pass through Black Sea straits together with the large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov that left Novorossiysk the day before. The Black Sea Fleet's ships will be accomplishing combat missions off Syria under a plan from the Navy operative command,”the source said.
The Smetlivy, which marked its 44th anniversary in June, returned to base in February after a 111-day combat duty in the Mediterranean Sea. It spent three months in a dock for repairs.
Destroyer brigade staff chief Capt. 1st Rank Pavel Yasnitsky has been appointed as the voyage superior.
The Smetlivy of Project 61 has a displacement of 4,460 tons. It is armed with X-35 “Uran” anti-ship missiles, an AK-726 artillery system, a 16-missile Volga air defense system, a 1×5 533-millimeter torpedo launcher (five torpedoes) and two RBU-1000 anti-submarine and anti- torpedo rocket launchers.
The frigate Admiral Panteleyev, the destroyer Neustrashimy and the large landing ships Alexander Shabalin, Admiral Nevelskoy, Peresvet, Novocherkassk and Minsk are accomplishing plans of the operative command in the Mediterranean Sea. The SSV-21 Priazovye medium-sized reconnaissance ship is operating under separate plans of the General Staff.