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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

“Attention, General quarters!”: The launch of cruise missiles “Caliber” eyewitness

Thursday, September 14, two submarines of the black sea fleet “Great Novgorod” and “Kolpino” made launches of cruise missiles “Caliber” of the Mediterranean sea. The purpose of the attacks were command posts, communications centers and warehouses militants fighting in the province of Deir ez-Zor. For the moment of start on Board the frigate “Admiral Essen” observed the correspondent “MK”.

Photo: mil.ru.

Operation on delivery of Russian and foreign journalists to Board the frigate “Admiral Essen” was covered with a closely guarded secret. At about midnight the bus pulled away from the hotel and drove off in an unknown direction anyone. All of the questions accompanying the officers shrugged their shoulders and made surprised faces. “You know nothing” – was the most popular answer. All became clear when the convoy entered the territory of the point of logistics Russian Navy in Tartus. Handsome frigate with the inscription “Admiral Essen” on Board bobbed on the waves at the pier. The frigate is one of the newest ships of the black sea fleet, which is equipped with cruise missiles “Calibre”. This project is considered the pride of Russian shipbuilders. He’s good in combat characteristics and internal atmosphere. For a long time to admire the ship from the shore was not given. Quick loading on Board and waiting to return to the wardroom. The indoor saloon is more like a cozy dining room. Right at the entrance a large icon, paintings on the walls, photographs and a portrait of the Admiral. Journalists drink tea and fed pancakes with condensed milk from a brand new ware with the logo “Army of Russia”. All cozy and at home.

The ship jolted slightly when he moved away from the pier. Then he picked up speed, the smoothness of which made you wonder sometimes – if we’re worth on the spot or is still moving. Around 8 am they told to come on deck in the center of the helipad. The scenery of the boundless sea, which cut through the ship, and a blue, cloudless sky that you can admire for a very long time. The idyll was interrupted by a shrill call.

“Attention, General quarters, all hands man your place,” sounded the loud voice of the captain. The frigate slowed down. All were waiting for. Suddenly up ahead on the left at a distance of about three kilometers from the water almost simultaneously released two rockets. Some time later, after them went another. “Made underwater missile launch from submarine,” commented one of the naval officers. The white smoke and bright orange flames “Gauges”, dragging a white arc, disappeared over the horizon, flying towards the Syrian coast. After a few minutes of the second submarine fired four more rockets. And they flew with such speed that many have confused three or four start-up has been produced.

On “hot traces” triggers commented the official representative of the defense Ministry major-General Igor Konashenkov. According to him, the submarines, “Kolpino” and “Velikiy Novgorod”, which carry out tasks as part of the permanent operative connection of the black sea fleet in the Mediterranean sea, struck with cruise missiles at the terrorist group ISIS (an organization banned in Russia) near the city of Deir ez Zor.

The strike targeted goals, which were explored and established through several channels. The result – a destroyed the command centers of the militants, control, and communications of terrorists, ammunition and weapons, as well as a gathering of militants to the South-East of the city of Deir ez Zor.

He noted that the effectiveness of these attacks was confirmed by the footage from unmanned aerial vehicles, and aerial reconnaissance. Strikes on targets that were at a distance of from 500 to 670 kilometers from the site launches.

Explaining the need for these launches, Konashenkov explained that “Caliber” – precision weapons used by important people, in order to disrupt the activities of the terrorist leadership in the area of Deir ez Zor. The main thing here is surprise that the militants had not managed to leave their shelter. He stressed that the blow was delivered not by the city, and order in the province to the South-East of it.

Total time for the Syrian operation “Calibers” was struck about 10 blows, as from submarines and ships. Just last week the terrorists in Deir ez-Zor also suffered a rocket attack from the frigate “Admiral Essen”. By the way, the power of the missile about a ton of TNT.


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