Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet transits Suez Canal
The Russian Navy Baltic Fleet consists of a Steregushchiy-class corvette named "Stoiky" and "Kola" replenishment tanker passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Red Sea during their long-distance deployment.
On 31 January, in accordance with the plan for its long-distance deployment, the naval division of the Baltic Fleet conducted shipboard damage control exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.
The shipborne systems and armament of the corvette work in the regular manner.
The sailors on board the ship are carrying out the necessary maintenance steps. The staff are safe and ready for assigned tasks to be carried out, the press office noted.
On December 16, 2020, the naval division of the Baltic Fleet containing the corvette Stoiky, the medium sea tanker Kola and the sea tug Yakov Grebelsky departed from the Baltiysk naval base for long-distance deployment.
The statement did not specify the purpose of the deployment, but, as is widely known, Russia aims to increase its footprint in the region by increasing its activities. While named a "corvette," the Steregushchiy-class displacement is 2200 tonnes, which is equal to a light frigate.
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