Russia to Build Black Sea Fleet Base in Novorossiysk
The port of Novorossiysk will accommodate submarines carrying missiles with a range of more than 1,500 kilometers. This came in a statement by Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Aleksandr Vitko.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Novorossiysk on Tuesday to hold a meeting on the development of the port. Mr. Vitko briefed the Commander-In-Chief on the plans for building a Black Sea Fleet base in Novorossiysk.
“Crimea’s return to Russia has not diminished the relevance of this base, as NATO ships are permanently present in the Black Sea, so there are plans for creating a naval base in the Black Sea area,” Mr. Vitko told the Russian President, noting that Novorossiysk is an important hub for transiting military cargoes to Crimea and Syria.
“The Black Sea Fleet has 173 combat ships and support vessels at the moment. More than 80 ships will be adopted by 2020, while some will approach the end of their lifecycle. By 2020, the Black Sea Fleet will have 206 ships,” Mr. Vitko stated.