Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Crimean Naval Base Command Formally Re-Established

V-Day in Sevastopol

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A spokesman for the ChF-MF (Black Sea Fleet) told journalists that the Crimean Naval Base Command (KVMB), an integral part of the Fleet until 1996, is now formally re-established and operational. He said, “The command is in Sevastopol, housed in the former Ukrainian Navy headquarters. Captain 1st Rank Yuri Zemsky, who previously commanded operational units in the Mediterranean, heads the new unit”. According to the KVMB chief of staff, Captain 1st Rank Aleksei Komarov, from 1 December, the 126 Separate Coastal Defence Brigade at Perevalnoe and a another separate coastal missile brigade in Sevastopol began operations, saying, “The new units went on duty, having combat elements to defend against enemy ship movements in the Black Sea”.

New Ships to Join ChF-MF

Today, Captain 1st Rank Oleg Krivorog, commander of the 30 Surface Warfare Division of the ChF-MF, revived on 1 December, told journalists that his unit will receive new ships of Frigate Project 11356, starting in mid-2015. He said, “In summer 2015, plans call for the first frigate of Project 11356, Admiral Grigorovich, to join the fleet. According to the plan, the frigate Admiral Essen would deploy in the Black Sea fleet by the end of next year. A year later, the frigate Admiral Makarov would join the 30 Division. Next, the Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin would follow them into service. The new ships of the 30 Division will have only contract service crews. The vessels are still under construction, but crew training for them is underway”.

21 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/armiya-i-opk/1662861 

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