Russian warships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will be on a permanent duty in the Mediterranean, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his opening remarks at a meeting with top officials of the Defense Ministry and defense-industrial complex on May 16.
“A total of 102 voyages by surface ships and submarines are scheduled for this year. As the risk of attacks by international terrorists in Syria remains our ships armed with cruise missiles will be permanently on duty in the Mediterranean,” he said.
Putin noted that the range of tasks facing the Russian Navy grew considerably wider in recent years and so did the geographic scope of its presence in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic and the Asia-Pacific Region. He will also emphasized well-coordinated operations by the crews of warships and submarines during the military operation in Syria.
“Cruise missile strikes and effective operations by deck aircraft inflicted serious losses on the terrorists and eliminated their key facilities and infrastructure,” Putin said. These and other crucial tasks were coped with successfully largely thanks to the high combat and technological readiness of the Navy,” he said recalling the growing combat potential of the Navy and the practice of long sea voyages and exercises.
Putin noted that its important to enchance the naval component of the strategic nuclear force increasing the role of the Navy in nuclear deterrence.
“It is necessary to bolster the marine component of the strategic nuclear forces. It will enhance the Navy’s capacity in nuclear deterrence. Developing multifunctional vessel groups, which should effectively fend off military threats on the sea, remains an important task. I also require special attention to be paid to coordination of such groups with the Aerospace Forces and other troops,” Putin said.
The president said that Russia continues to supply its Navy with the latest weapons, communications systems, intelligence and targeting equipment in accordance with the state armament program.
“As before, the quality and timing requirements for the state defense orders should be kept most stringent. There are, of course, problematic issues related to manufacturing new equipment and to repairing surface ships and submarines. We’ll listen to concrete solutions on these issues,” Putin said.
In the first three months of 2018, the Navy received two helicopters, three ships, a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine and 46 Kalibr cruise missiles.