Two warships to join Russian Caspian Flotilla in June

Two warships to join Russian Caspian Flotilla in June
# 30 April 2014 17:41 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Two new warships are to enter service in the Russian Caspian Flotilla by the end of June after they successfully passed a series of tests, the southern military district said Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

According to the district's press service, the Caspian Flotilla will receive two missile corvettes, namely, the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich.

The ships are armed with ship-to-ground, ship-to-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems.

The vessels' tests began last August with four launches of the upgraded multi-purpose Kalibr-NK missiles.

The Caspian Flotilla is expected to receive one more Buyan-class corvette, the Veliki Ustyug, by the end of 2014, and three more by 2020, the RIA news agency said, citing a representative of the district's press service.

The ships are designed specifically for the Caspian Sea and Volga River's shallow waters.

Earlier in April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Caspian countries, namely Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, are responsible for security in the Caspian Sea.

Russia's Caspian Flotilla, based in the city of Astrakhan, is the largest navy force in the region.

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