A large anti-submarine ship has entered the English Channel earlier today, the press service of the Russian Northern Fleet has reported.
The statement said: “Today, a detachment of ships and support vessels, headed by the large anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Northern Fleet, passed the Pas-de-Calais and continues to move southward in the English Channel.”
The fleet consists of a Russian corvette military ship called “Gremyachchiy” that belongs to the Pacific Fleet, and a minesweeper vessel named “Vladimir Emelyanov” from the Black Sea Fleet.
The two ships reportedly joined the anti-submarine destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Northern Fleet in the North Sea on August 12 after participating in Russia’s Main Naval Parade.
They will now work together on a number of unspecified tasks that include inter-fleet cooperation and long trips.
The Main Naval Parade took place on the river Neva in St Petersburg on July 25, which is known as Navy Day in Russia.
Around 4,000 sailors, and over 50 ships, boats and submarines took part in the parade.
More than 40 airplanes and helicopters were also present, according to the President of Russia’s website.
Vladimir Putin sailed aboard a ship which circled the parade formation in the Bay of Finland.
Mr Putin greeted the crews and congratulated them on Navy Day.
The Russian President said: “We love and honour our Navy and rightly take pride in its outstanding heroic history and the names of the brilliant fleet commanders and talented shipbuilders – all those who, through the centuries, bravely fought and won in the name of the Fatherland, made legendary geographical discoveries and gave humankind the most valuable knowledge of the unique diversity and beauty of our vast world.”
Mr Putin added: “Today, the Russian Navy has everything it needs to secure the defence of our native country and our national interests.
“We are capable of detecting any submarine, surface or airborne adversary and dealing them an imminent strike if necessary.”
He continued: “Russia has ensured its naval presence in almost all regions of the World Ocean, and the faithful successors to the marine combat glory of our Fatherland keep watch in the northern and southern latitudes.”
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