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Russian Navy Could Increase Presence in Mediterranean to 20 Warships

© REUTERS / Murad SezerThe Russian Navy landing ship Minsk sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 6, 2016
The Russian Navy landing ship Minsk sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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According to a military diplomatic source, Russia’s Mediterranean Sea ship task force could reach 20 warships depending on set assignments.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia’s Mediterranean Sea ship task force could reach 20 warships depending on set assignments, a military diplomatic source said Friday.

“The number may vary between 10 and 20 warships and other vessels depending on the intensity of the situation or an increase in assignments. Missile, anti-ship, and landing ships make up the basis of the permanent forces in the Mediterranean Sea. Provision groups are charged with ships to support the fleets on a rotation principle,” the source told RIA Novosti.

In July 2015, Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko said that the average number of Russian Navy ships in the Mediterranean at that time numbered 10 warships, as well as some support vessels.

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