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Ten Russian Navy ships involved in anti-terrorist operation in Syria — defense minister

November 20, 2015, 18:17 UTC+3
The Russian Caspian flotilla warships on Friday launched 18 cruise missiles at terrorist positions in Syria hitting seven targets
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MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Ten ships of the Russian Navy are involved in the anti-terrorism operation in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

"The naval group comprises ten ships, six of them are in the Mediterranean," the minister said.

Shoigu said the Caspian Flotilla warships on Friday launched 18 cruise missiles at terrorist positions in Syria hitting seven targets.

"On November 20, the Caspian Flotilla warships launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo provinces of Syria. All the targets were hit," Shoigu said.

Sergey Yekimov, a deputy commander of the Caspian Fleet, reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin that "the task of delivering Kalibr long-distance cruise missile strikes at Islamic State targets in Syria has been accomplished." "All 18 Kalibr missiles have been successfully fired. Results will be reported after objective control data are received," he said.

He said the surface action group of the Caspian Fleet comprising the Dagestan missile carrier ship and the Uglich, Grad Sviyazhsk and Veliky Ustyug small-size missile ships had arrived at the combat deployment area in due time.

"The moral and psychological state of the personnel is high. Weapons and technical equipment are in perfect condition. The surface action group is ready for further tasks," Yekimov stressed.

On October 7, the Caspian Flotilla warships took part in an operation against the Islamic State terrorist group. They delivered a massive cruise missile strike at the IS targets in Syria from the Kalibr NK sea-based complex from the Caspian Sea water area.

Russia has banned the Islamic State in its territory as an extremist terrorist organization.

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