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French warship Dupuy de Lome enters Black Sea

June 03, 2015, 22:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Its main job is to do broad-spectrum radioelectronic surveillance
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French warship, the Dupuy de Lome

French warship, the Dupuy de Lome

© AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

MOSCOW, June 3. /TASS/. French radio reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome (A759) on Wednesday passed the Turkish Straits and entered the Black Sea water area, a military diplomatic source told TASS.

"Dupuy de Lome entered the Black Sea at around 19:00 hours Moscow Standard Time (16:00 hours GMT)," he said.

Its main job is to do broad-spectrum radioelectronic surveillance. Specifically, its equipment has a capacity for intercepting telephone calls and emails.

"It’s still unclear what specific destination it will head for," the source said.

The previous time this ship entered the Black Sea was in 2014.

As reported earlier, the USS Ross, a destroyer that has performed a mission in the Black Sea as of May 23, left for the Mediterranean in the earlier hours of Wednesday.

The Montreux Convention of 1936 that regulates the regime of the Turkish straits - the Dardanelles and the Bosporus - says that naval ships of the non-littoral countries can cruise in the Black Sea for not more than twenty-one days.

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