The large landing craft (LLC) Orsk has sailed into the Mediterranean, Turkish websites reported, posting photographs of the vessel's passage through the Bosphorus.
Turkish naval observer Yoruk Isik posted photographs of the Russian warship online Sunday, suggesting Russia was stepping up its own military efforts in Syria.
According to Yoruk Isik, the Orsk, which is part of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, is heading to Syria’s Mediterranean port of Tartus, which is home to a Russian naval supply base.
Reinforcement for Russia’s campaign continues amid rising international crisis in #Syria: #ВМФ Project1171 #ЧФ BSF Tapir class LST Orsk transits Med-bound Bosphorus en route to #Tartus carrying BTR80 APCs, Ural4320tanker,ambulance,KamAZ trucks & AirborneTroops VDV’s IVECO 4WDLynx pic.twitter.com/rmfsRRVxnJ— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) 15 апреля 2018 г.
Seen on deck are several BTR-80 armored vehicles, a Tigr fighting vehicle, KamAz trucks and a Ural fuel truck.
This is already the Orsk’s fourth mission to Syria this year with the landing ships Minsk and Nikolai Filchenkov making their way into the Mediterranean Sea via the Black Sea straits on April 5 and 13 respectively.
Since January, the Azov and Alexander Otrakovsky landing craft and the Kyzyl-60 transport ship have hauled cargoes to Syria.
According to foreign media reports, Russia landing ships, auxiliary vessels and chartered ships have been taking part in Operation Syrian Express, carrying cargoes for Russia’s air base at Hmeymim near Latakia, the Russian naval supply base at Tartus, and for Syrian government forces.