BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:55 P.M.) – The Russian Navy sent more reinforcements to Syria this week, as their allies from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) prepare to launch a major offensive in the northwestern part of the country.
According to Yoruk Isik of the Bosphorus Observer, the Russian Project 745 BSF Sorum class rescue tug MB304 and ВМФ Project 21980 ЧФ Grachonok class counter-sabotage patrol crafts Yunarmeets Kryma 836 (xP355) & Kadet 840 (xP191) transited the Bosphorus Strait towards the Mediterranean port-city of Tartous.
Isik said that the the Sorum-class seagoing tug, also known as Project 745P in Russian Coast Guard service, will also be present around Tartous.
“These vessels will perform the standard missions of a seagoing tug boat with other missions such as protecting and patrolling Russian maritime borders, enforcing navigational rules and law enforcement,” he said.
While the counter sabotage Project 21980 (“Grachonok” code) is a class of boats of water region patrol designed for the Russian Navy. The Project 21980 is designed to combat sabotage and terrorist forces and means in the waters off bases and near the approaches to them,” Isik added.
Below are some of Isik’s photos from the Bosphorus Strait on Wednesday: