The Russian landing ship Azov of the Black Sea Fleet – the first Russian ship to pass under the still-under-construction arch of the Kerch Strait Bridge in September – has left Pylos Port in Greece. This was reported on October 22nd by the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Today, the Azov, a large landing ship of the Black Sea Fleet, left the Greek port of Pylos, where Russian sailors together with the crew of the Greek destroyer Navarinon took part in events dedicated to the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Navarino,” the report said.
The department noted that the ship “took part in the solemn lifting of the national flags of Greece, Great Britain, Russia and France on the Square of the Three Admirals and, on the island of Sphakteria, honoring the burial site of Russian sailors who died in the battle [which took place in October 1827 – Ed.]”.
According to Russian officials, after leaving Pylos, Azov “will continue to perform duties as part of the permanent navy fleet in the Mediterranean.”
Azov, a large landing ship of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, passed under the still-under-construction arch of the Kerch Strait railroad bridge on September 6th.
In July of this year, in Sevastopol Bay – a harbor at the annexed city of Sevastopol – joint training was planned which included Russian marines and the crew of the large landing ship Azov.