RFS PM-82 Deploys to Syria

October 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – Baltic Fleet repair barge “PM-82” left Baltiysk and went to the Mediterranean Sea to perform tasks as intended. During six months, the crew will ensure the technical readiness of ships and submarines of the Russian Navy performing tasks in the region. In the past three years, the crew of the “PM-82” has carried out the third long-distance trip to the Mediterranean. On board of the ship are an anti-terror group from the Baltic Fleet marines. PM-82 is the third vessel in a series of…

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Chief Minister’s Statement on Release of Tanker Grace 1

August 15, 2019 – On the 3rd July I specified the very large crude carrier, the Grace 1, under the Sanctions Regulations. The designation of the vessel arose from information providing Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar with reasonable grounds to suspect that the Grace 1 was being used in breach of applicable EU Sanctions against Syria. The information suggested that the vessel was bound for the Baniyas Oil Refinery in Syria where it would supply its cargo of 2.1m barrels of crude oil to the Assad regime. At 2am on…

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Russian Navy Naval Parade in Tartus

July 28, 2019 (TASS) – A Russian submarine and missile ships took part in a naval parade marking Russia’s Navy Day in the Syrian port of Tartus on Sunday, the Defense Ministry’s press service said in a report. “The diesel-electric submarine Stary Oskol, the Admiral Grigorovich frigate, the Pytlivyi patrol ship, the Velikiy Ustyug and Uglich small missile ships” took part in the parade along with other vessels, the press service said. The air parade involved Su-24M bombers, Su-34 and Su-35 jets, Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-35M helicopters that flew over the…

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History made as UK F-35s complete first operational missions

June 25, 2019 – The UK’s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, has successfully completed its first operational missions. F-35s have flown alongside Typhoon aircraft on operational flights over the skies of Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, the Defence Secretary has confirmed. This follows a successful training period in Cyprus, known as Exercise Lightning Dawn, aimed at building capability for the aircraft and supporting elements. Due to the exceptional performance of the aircraft, pilots, and support staff during this time, it…

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Orekhovo-Zuyevo Deploys to Mediterranean

March 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with the combat training plan, the small rocket ship (OTL) “Orekhovo-Zuevo” of the Black Sea Fleet left Sevastopol and headed for the Black Sea straits. For the crew of the ship, accepted into the Russian Navy in December last year, this is the first exit to the distant sea zone to perform the assigned tasks. After the passage of the straits, the crew of the ship will join the permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in the long-range operational zone. The crew…

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PM-82 Returns to Baltiysk from Syria

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – After performing tasks in the Mediterranean, the floating master PM-82 of the Baltic Fleet returned to Baltiysk. In the period from July 2018 to February 2019, the vessel provided technical maintenance for the ships of the Russian Navy operating in the far sea zone. On the occasion of the completion of the long march of the floating workshop in Baltiysk, a solemn welcome ceremony was held. PM-82 is the third ship in a series of five floating workshops of the project 304. Floating workshops…

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PM-82 Returning to Baltysk From Syria Duty

February 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – The floating workshop of the Baltic Fleet (BF) PM-82 completed the execution of tasks as part of the permanent compound of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. In the period from July 2018 to February 2019, the vessel provided technical maintenance for the Navy ships operating in the far operational zone. Currently, the PM-82 is moving to the place of permanent deployment, the return of the vessel to Baltiysk is scheduled for the second half of February. PM-82 is the third ship in…

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Yaroslav Mundriy Deploys to Syria

October 12, 2018 (Google Translation) – A detachment of ships of the Baltic Fleet as part of the patrol ship (TFR) “Yaroslav the Wise” and the tanker “Lena”, which is in a long hike, continues to perform tasks in the Mediterranean. The crew of the “Yaroslav the Wise” during the march is working out the elements of the course task at sea, conducting planned ship trainings of combat crews and exercises for fighting for survivability. In the course of fulfilling the planned combat missions, the crew of the TFR in…

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UNIFIL Flagship Liberal Rescued Syrians

October 12, 2018 (Google Translation) – The “Liberal” frigate, the current flagship of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Maritime Task Force (FTM), rescued 31 refugees from a drifting boat in the Coast of Lebanon. Among those rescued were women and children who had been without food and water for three days. The passengers, very weakened, reported that they were Syrians, and that they were trying to arrive at Cyprus. The uncharged vessel was located about 41 nautical miles from the Lebanese capital Beirut. The “Liberal” frigate, which…

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Russian Navy Commander Inspects Ships in Mediterranean

September 6, 2018 (TASS) – Commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, arrived in Syria to inspect joint exercises by the Russian Navy, naval aviation and the Aerospace Forces in the Mediterranean Sea. “The drills proceed as scheduled,” he said, adding that the exercise is geared to drill new methods of collaboration of forces at sea. The Russian Navy and Aerospace Force launched military drills in the Mediterranean on September 1 for the first time. The exercise will last until September 8. The drills will involve 26 warships, including…

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Syria begins presidency of UN disarmament forum

May 29, 2018 – UN Watch, leader of the global campaign to protest Syria’s presidency of the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament (CD), released the following appeal, background sheet and comment as the Assad regime begins its four-week tenure of the world’s top disarmament forum by chairing today’s plenary meeting, at 10 am in Geneva. “Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament is like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. The Assad regime’s documented use…

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Video of USS John Warner TLAM Launch on Syria

On April 14, 2018, a U.S. fast-attack submarine launched tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea as part of a multi-national strike operation against the Syrian government in order to degrade the Syrian government’s capability to produce and utilize chemical weapons. The submarine’s operations in the Mediterranean Sea are part of a routine deployment in support of our regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests.

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Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Actions taken against the use of chemical weapons in Syria

In the North Atlantic Council today the United States, France and United Kingdom briefed Allies on their joint military action on 14 April. They briefed that a significant body of information indicated that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack against civilians in Douma on 7 April, and that their military action was limited to the Syrian regime’s facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons. The three Allies emphasized that there was no practicable alternative to the use of force. Allies expressed their full support for this…

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Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

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