Step inside Russia’s only navy base outside the previous Soviet Union

Step inside Russia’s only navy base outside the previous Soviet Union

A Russian navy missile ship 'Veliky Ustyug' sails off from the Russian naval facility in Tartus, Syria, on patrol in eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Two Russian diesel-electric submarines of the project 636.3 Varshavyanka' are seen on the right. Russia has a naval base in Tartus, the only such facility it has outside the former Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian navy missile ship Veliky Ustyug cruises from the Russian marine facility in Tartus, Syria, to patrol in the eastern Mediterranean, September 26,2019
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  • The Russian navy base in Tartus, Syria, is Moscow’s only such facility outside the territory of the previous Soviet Union.
  • Russia, dealing with the program of Bashar Assad, has actually increased its at Tartus recently, offering Russia’s navy a larger foothold in the Mediterranean Sea.
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TARTUS, Syria (AP)– A Russian submarine has actually moored at Russia’s base in Syria after a patrol mission while another one is getting ready to cruise off after renewing materials– the rotation that highlights Moscow’s growing military grip in the Mediterranean Sea.

The marine base in Tartus is the just such center Russia has outside the previous Soviet Union. In 2017, Moscow struck an offer with Syrian President Bashar Assad to extend its lease on Tartus for 49 years. The agreement permits Russia to maintain to 11 warships there, consisting of nuclear-powered ones.

Russia has actually waged a military campaign in Syria considering that September 2015, allowing Assad’s federal government to reclaim control over most of the country following a devastating civil war.

An air base in the close-by province of Latakia has actually been the main hub for the Russian military campaign, while the commercial ports in Latakia and Tartus have actually worked as top supply centers, dealing with ships with fuel and military equipment in an enormous supply effort dubbed the “Syrian Express.”

As part of its efforts to bring back the Soviet-era practice of keeping warships on a long-term vigil in the Mediterranean, Russia has relocated to update and broaden the marine facility in Tartus.

Russia navy Veliky Ustyug Tartus Syria

Russian navy missile ship Veliky Ustyug prepare to cruise from the Russian marine center in Tartus, Syria, to patrol in the eastern Mediterranean, September 26,2019 Russia has a marine base in Tartus, the only such facility it has outside the former Soviet Union.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


” Russia has actually come here for a long time,” stated Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

Russia navy Tartus Syria

Yevgeny Gushchin, director of the shipyard at the Russian naval center, speaks with foreign journalists in Tartus, Syria, September 26,2019 Russia has a marine base in Tartus, the only such center it has outside the previous Soviet Union.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


Press reporters on a journey to Syria arranged by the Russian Defense Ministry could see a rocket corvette sailing off on patrol and a group of navy scuba divers practicing at the Tartus harbor.

Russia navy divers Tartus Syria

Two Russian navy scuba divers practice at the Russian marine center in Tartus, Syria, September 26,2019 Russia has a naval base in Tartus, the only such facility it has outside the previous Soviet Union.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


Captain Sergei Tronev, the chief of the Russian navy command in the area, stated in addition to 2 submarines moored at the harbor, Tartus now also hosts 2 missile corvettes, 3 patrol boats and 3 supply vessels.

Russia navy divers Tartus Syria

A Russian navy diver aboard a navy ship throughout a practice at the Russian marine center in Tartus, Syria, September 26,2019 Russia has a naval base in Tartus, the just such facility it has outside the former Soviet Union.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


Tronev included that together with the ships in Tartus, the navy’s force in the eastern Mediterranean currently includes the Marshal Ustinov rocket cruiser, which has sailed from its Arctic base of Severomorsk, and the Admiral Makarov missile frigate, which is based in the Baltics.

Russia navy Tartus Syria

Foreign reporters stroll through the shipyard at the Russian naval facility in Tartus, Syria, September 26,2019 Russia has a marine base in Tartus, the only such facility it has outside the former Soviet Union.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


The Soviet Union preserved a continuous navy vigil in the Mediterranean during the Cold War however Russia’s existence in the area withered in the years after the 1991 Soviet collapse amid financial troubles and military financing shortages.

Russia Su-35 Hemeimeem Syria

A Russian Su-35 fighter jet removes at Hemeimeem air base in Syria, September 26,2019
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


As part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to intensify the Russian military amidst stress with the West, the Russian navy in recent years has revived the Soviet-era practice of continuously turning its warships in the Mediterranean.

Russia fighter pilot Su-35 Hemeimeem Syria

Russian flying force pilot Ivan, no 2nd name offered, prepares to remove in a Russian Su-35 fighter jet at Hemeimeem air base in Syria, September 26,2019
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


Next month, the Russian navy plans to open a maintenance store in Tartus that will further bolster the base’s capability.

Russia fighter pilot Su-35 Hemeimeem Syria

Russian flying force pilot Ivan, no 2nd name given, smiles as he talks to foreign journalists at a Su-35 fighter jet at Hemeimeem air base in Syria, September 26,2019
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


” It will make it much easier to repair ships and keep its marine ability in the region,” stated Yevgeny Gushchin, a navy officer in charge of the shop. “We now need to provide all spares and repair tools by airplane, which slows things down. After the shop’s opening we will have the ability to produce them here.”

Russian Orthodox priest Tartus Syria

Russian Orthodox priest dad Vladimir stands inside a church at the Russian marine facility in Tartus, Syria, September 26,2019 Russia has a naval base in Tartus, the only such center it has outside the previous Soviet Union.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed.

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