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    Russian Black Sea Fleet to Get New Submarines, Patrol Boats in 2016

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    The Russian Black Sea Fleet will receive two new diesel submarines and two patrol boats this year.

    SEVASTOPOL (Sputnik) — Two new diesel submarines and two patrol boats will be commissioned to the Russian Black Sea Fleet later this year, the Fleet’s Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko said Tuesday.

    "This year, we will get two submarines and two patrol boats," Adm. Vitko told reporters at the Fleet’s home port of Sevastopol. "We used to talk about getting new hardware as a distant future, but it is a reality now," he added.

    Black Sea Fleet senior spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachyov told RIA Novosti that crews for the new Oskol and Krasnodar submarines had already begun their training.

    The Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen patrol boats will be commissioned to the Black Sea Fleet in 2016, while a third boat, the Admiral Makarov, has almost been completed. Its crew has already been assembled, Trukhachyov said.

    Earlier this year, the Fleet received two corvettes armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, the Serpukhov and the Zeleny Dol. The latter is currently on a mission in the Mediterranean. Last week, it called on Syria’s second largest port of Tartus.

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