Russian naval aviation pilots have performed 420 sorties and destroyed 1,252 terrorist facilities over the two months of the aircraft carrier naval group’s participation in the Syria operation, Commander of Russia’s Group of Forces in Syria Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov said on Friday.




“Over the two months of their participation in combat operations, naval aviation pilots have carried out 420 sorties, including 117 in nighttime. Actually all flights were performed in complex weather conditions. A total of 1,252 terrorist facilities have been destroyed,” he said.


The Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier naval task force comprising the heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk, and also the Black Sea Fleet’s warships has been accomplishing missions since November 8, 2016 to fight terrorists in Syria, he said.


Specifically, the frigate Admiral Grigorovich delivered a missile strike on November 15 against facilities of the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) with Kalibr cruise missiles on the territory of Syria, he said.


“All the targets were destroyed,” the commander said.