Heavy aircraft carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" will join the group of Russian ships in the eastern Mediterranean, said the head of the Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu at the board meeting of the military department.
"Currently, the Russian naval group in the eastern Mediterranean includes not less than six warships and three or four support vessels from the fleets of all. To increase combat capabilities in the grouping plan to incorporate into its structure naval aircraft carrier group with the cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov", - Tass quoted him as saying.
Note, this is the first official statement confirming the sending of "Admiral Kuznetsov" in the Mediterranean Sea.
The forces of the Russian Navy re constantly present in the eastern Mediterranean to 2013 years, recalled Shoigu, quoted by TASS reports.
He also said that the board of the agency plans to review the progress of the construction of the ships far sea zone, which are carriers of high-precision long-range weapons, and the completion of the test head of the frigate project 22350 «Admiral Gorshkov".
In August, it was reported that staff MiG-29KR from the recently re-established 100-th separate naval fighter regiment (OKIAP) Naval aviation of the Northern Fleet made the first landing on the deck of the cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov".
Later, the Russian navy reported that tests of new carrier-based fighters MiG-29K / KUB will be completed in the year 2018, but limited series aircraft will be operated on the aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" even before their completion.
In early July it was reported that the aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" in preparation for the long march for the first time after a long break began to take on board the aircraft carrier-based aircraft from the 279-th separate naval fighter regiment (OKIAP) Naval aviation of the Northern Fleet. On the deck of an aircraft carrier landed the first pair of planes 279-OKIAP - one "big" (Su-33) and one "small" (Su-25UTG). At the same time it was reported that soon the Crimea on the aircraft carrier will arrive and testers on the MiG-29KR.
Recall, July 2 high-ranking source in the headquarters of the Northern Fleet reported that the aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" began to prepare for the long voyage to the Mediterranean Sea, which is scheduled for the autumn of 2016 years.
On the same day it was reported that reported that the deck-based aircraft from the aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" will participate in the strikes on militants in Syria, from the eastern Mediterranean in October 2016 - January 2017 years.
Until recently, "Kuznetsov" was at the time 35-Shipyard in Murmansk, where there was a recovery of technical readiness. The cellars of the ship have been upgraded to new types of aircraft munitions.