The large landing ship Minsk of the Baltic Fleet and the large landing ship Yamal of the Black Sea Fleet passed the Bosporus Strait on Tuesday to join the Russian Navy task force permanently deployed in the Mediterranean, the Navy Staff told Interfax-AVN.

"The large landing ships Minsk and Yamal, which departed from Novorossiysk yesterday, successfully passed the Bosporus Strait during the night. They will pass the Dardanelles Strait tomorrow, enter the Aegean Sea and head towards the ships of the Navy's Mediterranean force," a Staff spokesman said.

The voyage is made in the course of rotation of the Russian Navy task force permanently deployed in that region, he noted.

The heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the destroyer Admiral Levchenko, the large landing ships Azov, Georgy Pobedonosets, Olenegorsky Gornyak and Kaliningrad and the reconnaissance ship Admiral Fyodor Golovnin are accomplishing missions in the Mediterranean. They are supported by the medium-sized tugboats Altai and Nikolai Chiker and the tankers Sergei Osipov, Iman and Kama. The floating workshop PM-56 is on duty in the Syrian port of Tartous.

Capt. 1st Rank Oleg Peshkurov is the task force commander.

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