According to the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Navy fired 26 cruise missiles from 4 naval vessels; these missiles were fired towards 11 targets in central and eastern Syria.
The Defense Minister stated the naval vessels fired these cruise missiles from their positions in the Caspian Sea and added that no civilians were harmed in the strike against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on Wednesday:
“Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage.”
The Russian news outlet, “Russia Today”, reported that the missiles flew some 1,500km before reaching their intended targets in Syria; which ultimately probed their efficiency.
Recently, the Russian Navy has taken an active role in Syria, delivering not only weapons and military personnel, but also, positioning themselves within a few kilometers of the Syrian coastal city of Latakia; this has agitated Syria’s neighbor to the north: Turkey.
This recent cruise missile strike was the first time that the Russian Navy has reportedly participated in the Syrian conflict; it is not clear if this strike was isolated or if the Russian Navy plans on taking an active role in this war.