Ukrianian court puts on hold lawsuit against ban on Russian social networksWorld May 28, 6:10
Russia’s Lasitskene wins high jump in Diamond League event in Eugene, USSport May 28, 4:59
Havana Airport gets Russian-made air traffic control systemsWorld May 28, 4:16
Guests of FIFA 2018 World Cup sure to get warm welcome in Russia — LavrovSport May 28, 2:25
Kantemir Balagov’s "Closeness" gets Cannes Festival’s International Critics’ PrizeSociety & Culture May 28, 1:03
Anti-church laws in Ukraine may cause religious strife — Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchWorld May 28, 0:22
Russia’s national football team absolutely clear of doping — doctorSport May 28, 0:14
Russian cyclist Zakarin finishes second in Giro d’Italia Stage 20Sport May 27, 22:27
Putin, Erdogan agree to develop coordination of efforts for settlement in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 27, 19:29
MOSCOW, May 19. /ITAR-TASS/. American Ticonderoga class Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf is expected to enter the Black Sea May 23, a military-diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
Earlier it was reported that Vella Gulf missile cruiser would visit the Black Sea May 9, however, the visit was postponed. A source in the military-diplomatic service told ITAR-TASS May 9: “The cruiser’s visit has been postponed for an indefinite term, but it will likely take place in the end of this month, ahead of Ukraine’s presidential elections scheduled for May 25”. The source added then that with the presence of their ship in the Black Sea, the USA was intending to support the actions of new Ukrainian authorities.
In accordance with the Montreux Convention, military ships of non-riparian states cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days. Thus, in case the visit starts May 23 in the morning, Vella Gulf would have to leave the Black Sea not later than early on June 13.
Vella Gulf is equipped with Aegis air and ballistic missile defense system. It has Tomahawk cruise missiles, ASROC antisubmarine missiles, as well as Standard-2 and Standard-3 surface-to-air missiles in the inventory (122 missiles in total). Two multipurpose helicopters base on the cruiser. The ship is 172 m long, 16 m wide, and the full load displacement makes 9,800 t. The maximum speed of Vella Gulf is more than 30 knots.