WASHINGTON, January 27. /TASS/. The crew of Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate, which is currently on a mission in the western section of the Atlantic Ocean carrying Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, is operating in a professional and safe manner, Pentagon Deputy Spokesperson Sabrina Singh told reporters on Thursday.
When asked whether US citizens should worry about the journey of the Russian frigate, armed with hypersonic missiles, she replied: "We haven’t seen any unprofessional, unsafe behavior. And so there is no need for concern."
At first, the spokesperson thought she was asked about another Russian vessel, currently off the coast of Hawaii.
"We've seen reports of that. The [US] Coast Guard <…> is monitoring the the Russian ship but it's operating in international waters. We've seen this before. We haven't seen any unsafe or unprofessional behavior. So I don't think Americans need to be worried about that. But we'll continue to monitor," she replied.
Russia’s cutting-edge frigate Admiral Gorshkov has practiced Tsirkon hypersonic missile strikes in the Atlantic, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. According to the top brass, the crew of the frigate, currently on a mission in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, "practiced a Tsirkon hypersonic missile strike on a target simulating an enemy warship at a distance of more than 900 kilometers."
The naval task force consisting of the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov and the tanker ship Kama has been deployed in distant waters under the command of Northern Fleet Missile Ships Division Commander Captain 1st Rank Oleg Gladky.
In February, joint drills are scheduled to take place with the navies of the Republic of South Africa and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army off South African coasts, the Russian Defense Ministry said.