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Baltic Fleet’s Mediterranean-Indian Ocean mission accomplished — spokesman

December 14, 2017, 17:46 UTC+3 KALININGRAD

The ships covered more than 20,000 nautical miles

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KALININGRAD, December 14./TASS/. A detachment of Russian Baltic Fleet ships, the Project 20380 corvettes Boikiy and Soobrazitelny and the tanker Kola, have wrapped up their assigned mission on a long-distance voyage to the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, and are heading towards their home station, Baltic Fleet Spokesman Roman Martov told TASS on Thursday.

"After their completing assignments in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, the corvettes and the tanker are heading to the port of Baltiysk - the fleet’s main naval base and the site of their permanent basing.

The ships are expected to return to their home port at the end of December. The detachment of two corvettes and a tanker left the port of Baltiysk on October 14, setting out on a long-distance voyage within the framework of the constant naval presence in the World Ocean.

The ships covered more than 20,000 nautical miles. Their crews performed dozens of combat training tasks, conducted drills on air and submarine defense, different ship exercises, the spokesman added.

The Project 20380 corvette is a close maritime zone warship. It is designed to fight surface ships and submarines and provide fire support during amphibious landing operations. It has a full displacement of about 2,200 tonnes, a speed of 27 knots and a cruising capacity of 4,000 miles.

The corvette’s main armament includes the Uran anti-ship and Redut air defense missile systems. It is also armed with the 100mm A-190 and 30mm AK-630 guns and 324mm Paket torpedo launchers. It also has a helipad and a hangar.

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