Russia has entered its latest missile corvette into service with Moscow’s Mediterranean Fleet, a powerful formation of warships involved in the war in Syria and currently preparing for annual summer war games.
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet held a ceremony Friday to induct the Buyan-M-class missile corvette Vyshny Volochyok on the first day of the season’s military exercises. The relatively small vessel makes up for what it lacks in size with its high-speed maneuverability and an arsenal of advanced Kalibr-NK cruise missiles capable of hitting targets at sea or land.
“Today the Black Sea Fleet has become even stronger…this is another obvious confirmation of the state policy for strengthening Russia’s defense capability and its armed forces,” Rear Admiral Viktor Liina, the fleet’s chief of staff, said during Friday’s ceremony, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.
“This warship won’t stay at the berth for long: the crew will set off for accomplishing combat duty and combat training missions in the coming months and, if the Motherland issues such an order, in accomplishing combat assignments in the fleet’s operational zone,” he added.