MURMANSK, August 11. /TASS/. A group of the Russian Northern Fleet’s warships has entered the Mediterranean Sea on a long-distance Atlantic voyage, the Fleet’s press office reported on Saturday.
"The group of warships comprising the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov and the large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk, performing long-distance voyage tasks, completed its passage through the narrowest part of the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday," the press office said.
The Russian Northern Fleet’s warships accomplished their passage through the strait’s narrowest 14km section at night amid intensive shipping.
During their voyage, the warships’ crews continued planned combat training. In the Atlantic, the crew of the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov practiced air defense to check the teams’ readiness to employ weapons and technical capabilities while the crew of the large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk practiced anti-submarine warfare tasks with the use of a Kamov Ka-27 helicopter.
The Northern Fleet warships have covered a distance of over 6,000 nautical miles since they left the Fleet’s main naval base of Severomorsk on July 5.