BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – A heavily-armed Russian submarine was monitored on Tuesday, transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the eastern Mediterranean.
According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet 4th Independent Submarine Brigade’s Project 636.3Kilo+ class submarine Rostov-na-Donu Б237 has entered Mediterranean waters, armed with Kalibr cruise missiles.
Armed with Novator 3M14 (NATO:SSN-30-A) Kalibr-PL cruise missiles,#ВМФ #ЧФ Black Sea Fleet 4th Independent Submarine Brigade’s Project 636.3Kilo+ class submarine Rostov-na-Donu Б237 transited Bosphorus towards Mediterranean. pic.twitter.com/42OaTpRlbe
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) June 23, 2020
While the destination for the Russian submarine is still unknown, it is likely to deploy to the coast of either Syria or Libya.
Typically, when these heavily-armed submarines head to Syria, they often carry out attacks against enemy forces.
With reports of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) gearing up for a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate, it would make sense for the Russian Navy to prepare its cruise missiles for combat support to the SAA.
Over the last month, the Russian Ministry of Defense’s cargo ships have been observed heading to Syria to deliver military equipment like armored vehicles.
While there is supposed to be a ceasefire in northwestern Syria, last night’s missile attack by the jihadist rebels on the Hmeimim Airbase will only push the Russian Armed Forces closer to a big military campaign in the Idlib Governorate.