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11.04.2019 (17:59)

Frigate Admiral Gorshkov enters the Strait of Malacca

The Russian frigate Admiral of the fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, leading a detachment of warships and vessels which ensure security of the Northern Fleet for a long-distance voyage, has entered the Strait of Malacca, separating the Peninsular Malaysia and the island of Sumatra.

It is escorted by rescue tug Nikolay Chiker, multifunctional logistics support ship Elbrus and sea tanker Kama. All ships and vessels are secured by anti-piracy groups consisting of Marines and Special Forces to counter underwater saboteurs.

Before the transition of the Strait zone in the Andaman Sea, a tactical briefing was conducted with the crews to ensure navigation safety while sailing in narrow waters under intense conditions. The Main Command Post, Combat Information Center and navigators also practiced actions for sudden changes in the naval situation.

Currently, a detachment of the Northern Fleet ships has passed into the next time zone +7 GMT. Russian sailors began to prepare for a visit to the Chinese port of Qingdao.

The detachment of ships and vessels of the Northern Fleet led by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov set off for a long-distance voyage on February 26. For the lead Project 22350 frigate this campaign is the first in her history. The crew of the ship completed unofficial visits to Djibouti and the port of Colombo, the Republic of Sri Lanka.

Since the beginning of the long-distance voyage, the frigate has covered about 11 thousand nautical miles and performed several naval exercises on the defence of the detachment of ships and the use of missile weapons.

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