Fox News is reporting that a Russian warship entered the eastern Mediterranean Friday and was heading toward the area where two U.S. Navy destroyers launched missile strikes into Syria. However, Russia’s Tass News Agency reports the ship is on a routine trip to
The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea earlier today, according to a U.S. defense official. Later in the day Friday, the Russian warship was in the eastern Mediterranean heading in the direction of the U.S. warships. The Bosphorus Strait, located in northwest Turkey near Istanbul, connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara northeast of the Aegean Sea, which is north of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494 warship is among the latest class of frigates in the Black Sea fleet. Frigates are generally mixed armament ships that are heavier than destroyers. The Admiral Grigorovich is armed with advanced Kalibr cruise missiles, a large naval gun, torpedoes, a rocket launcher; and transports a helicopter.
One of the American destroyers that launched the missiles into Syria, either the USS Ross or the USS Porter, has left the launch area to an undisclosed location to rearm cruise missiles.
Russian news agency TASS reported Friday, citing a military-diplomatic source, that the Russian frigate was headed for the Syrian port of Tartus on a routine voyage to visit a logistics base.
Tass also reported that the ship left on a voyage after stopping at Novorossiisk, Russia for supplies and was scheduled to take part in a joint exercise with Turkish ships in the Black Sea.
In November 2016, the Admiral Grigorovich launched cruise missiles from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea to hit terrorists in Syria, according to Interfax — a privately-held independent major news agency in Russia.
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