The Russian Amphibious Support Ship Azov arrived yesterday at the port of reports., in northern , on a three day visit, it is the first time a Russian warship calls at an i port. Defense-Update
The Azov is one of six Russian naval vessels deployed to the Eastern, maintaining a Russian presence near . Russia currently has six ships in the , including the Azov, which made frequent trips to the region before, calling at the Russian resupply base in the n city of Tartus. Another six ships of the Pacific Fleet are on the way to the Mediterranean and expected to join the task force later this month.
According Captain Alexei Komaro, who heads theunit of the Black Sea Fleet, the task force including the Azov is due to perform exercises off the Syrian coast. Captain Komariv told the Russian Novosti news agency that the task force is prepared to evacuate Russian citizens from Syria, though no such order was given so far.
The Russian vessel will resupply and allow the crew to rest, a spokesman for thesaid. City residents will also be allowed on board for a guided tour and treated to performances by the Black Sea Fleet orchestra reinforced by marines.