A Russian submarine, the Rostov-on-Don, conducting operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria in the fight against the Islamic State, known as Daesh in the Arab world and prohibited in a number of countries including Russia, has arrived at the Crimean Port of Sevastopol, the Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department said Friday.
“Today, the diesel-powered submarine, the Rostov-on-Don… arrived in Sevastopol where it has undergone inspection and guarantee service of the submarine’s mechanisms after its inter-Naval transfer from the North Fleet to the Black Sea Fleet and completing its tasks in the Mediterranean Sea,” Capt. 1st Class Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.
According to Trukhachev, after maintenance, the crew will start the planned combat training.
Russia commenced anti-terrorist operation in Syria on the request of Damascus in September 30. According to the head of the Russian General Staff’s operations department, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, Russian military aviation has carried out more than 5,200 sorties since the beginning of the operation.