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MOSCOW, September 12 (Itar-Tass) - The patrol ship Smetlivy of Russia's Black Sea Fleet (BSF) left Sevastopol on Thursday, heading for the Mediterranean Sea to join the Russian permanent naval task force there, Captain 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, head of the BSF press service, announced.
"After passing through the Black Sea Straits, the Smetlivy, together with the large ship 'Nikolai Filchenkov', which left Novosossiisk on Wednesday, will join the Russian naval task force which performs missions in the Mediterranean Sea area," Trukhachev said.
As of now, the permanent Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean comprises the large amphibious ships "Peresvet", "Admiral Nevelskoy", "Minsk", "Novocherkassk", and "Alexander Shabalin" and the large anti-submarine ship "Admiral Panteleyev" and the patrol ship "Neustrashimy".
The ships carry out tasks according to an integrated plan for operational command in the distant maritime zone, the headquarters of which are stationed on board the "Admiral Panteleyev".