Message Delivered: NATO ‘Shocked’ by Efficiency of Russian Operation in Syria

Friday, July 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

The Russian Navy is expected to hold a series of drills off the coast of Syria beginning Friday and lasting until the end of the month. Speaking to Sputnik, military observer Vladislav Shurygin noted that Russia’s military has demonstrated a level of combat readiness in Syria which Russia’s NATO counterparts have yet to get used to.

The Russian Navy plans to start missile drills, and may carry out strikes against terrorist targets in Syria from the Mediterranean Sea off the country’s coast, according to media reports citing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) bulletin and navigational warnings to mariners. The Ministry of Defense has yet to make an official comment on the imminent exercises.

>Respected Russian military expert Igor Korotchenko said that the drills are expected to be accompanied by the latest Russian warships, making a variety of exercises and combat launch operations possible. “We’re talking about launches from ship-based anti-aircraft missile systems, and about the use of strike missile systems,” he noted. The expert added that he could not rule out the combat use of Kalibr cruise missiles during the drills.

The drills, which are expected to take place July 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, will be conducted between 8 am and 6 pm during these days. The exercises follow on similar operations which took place between May 29 to June 4 and June 18 to 30. Last month, the Russian Navy frigates Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich, along with the Krasnodar diesel-electric attack sub, attacked terrorist targets inside Syria using Kalibr cruise missiles, striking command posts and ammunition depots in Hama province.

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