The frigate ‘Admiral Grigorovich’ and the guard ship ‘Pytlivy’ have completed their missions as part of Russia’s Mediterranean permanent task force and have set off for Sevastopol, according to Black Sea Fleet spokesman Captain 1st-Class Vyacheslav Trukhachyov. “Currently, the warships are passing though the Straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosporus, heading for the Black Sea,” the spokesman said on Thursday. The warships’ crews earlier held various drills, solely and as part of a naval group, performing artillery fire against practice surface and air targets, and also sharpened the skills of anti-submarine warfare, TASS reports. The Mediterranean task force comprises about 15 warships and support vessels, Trukhachyov said.
A Pacific Fleet task force on Thursday completed its unofficial visit to Thailand, Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd-Class Nikolay Voskresensky said. The task force of the Pacific Fleet’s warships “consisting of large anti-submarine vessels ‘Admiral Tributs’ and ‘Admiral Vinogradov’ and a mid-size sea tanker ‘Pechenga’ wrapped up its visit” to the port of Sattahip, Thailand where it arrived on an unofficial visit on May 27, he said. The ships left Thailand and continued fulfilling the long voyage’s tasks, the spokesman added. During the visit, commander of the task force Captain 1st-Class Oleg Korolyov and officers who accompanied him made a protocol visit to the commander of the major naval base Sattahip. The meeting with Russian Ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barsky was also held onboard the ‘Admiral Vinogradov’ vessel, TASS reports. This is the fourth visit of Russian ships to Thailand over the past three years.