Russian warship fires SUPERSONIC MISSILES as ‘threatening’ US destroyers enter Black Sea

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

A RUSSIAN warship pummelled mock “enemy targets” and fired supersonic missiles during a live firing exercise in the Black Sea as two US destroyers entered the region.

By Joshua Nevett
20th February 2018

The Admiral Essen, the newest frigate in Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, destroyed dummy ships, moving air targets and launched missiles as part of the drill.

Crew aboard the Admiral Essen, an Admiral Grigorovich class vessel, used a naval turret gun and an AK-630 anti-aircraft gun to pulverise the sea and air targets.

Russian Kalibr cruise missiles that can travel at supersonic speeds over 768mph were launched electronically from the 409ft-long ship.

Kalibr missiles, first tested for military use in 2015, are used by Russian ships and submarines to take out ISIS targets in Syria.

The Admiral Essen is being accompanied by two Russian Navy patrol ships for naval exercises in the Black Sea.

The display of Russian naval firepower comes after two US guided-missile destroyers arrived in the Black Sea – a region where military tensions are simmering.

The two US Arleigh Burke-class ships, the USS Carney and the USS Ross, are carrying out “maritime security operations” of their own in the region.

The Black Sea – a landlocked expanse of water in eastern Europe – has become a hotbed of Russian naval activity since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

US Navy Vice Admiral Christopher Grady, the commander of the US Navy’s 6th Fleet, described the deployment of the destroyers as “proactive, not reactive”.

Outlining the US Navy’s “commitment to regional stability”, Grady said the ships will help to safeguard the “collective defence of our NATO allies”.

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