Russian Warship Returned From 1.5-Year Deployment

Rubric: Russia, World

The Northern Fleet's landing ship Aleksandr Otrakovsky returned to her homebase Severomorsk on June 30 after a record-long cruise started back in November 2014.

According to TASS referring to the fleet’s press service, the 588-day long cruise of Aleksandr Otrakovsky is the ship’s history-longest deployment away from the homebase.

Project 775 landing ship Aleksandr Otrakovsky

The ship sailed off on November 20, 2014. Aleksandr Otrakovsky joined the Russian Navy’s task force in the Mediterranean Sea, many times called at the port of Tartous, Syria, and attended the Sea Cooperation 2015 Russian-Chinese exercise.

In total, the ship has covered around 65,000 nautical miles. During stays at the Black Sea Fleet’s bases, the ship’s crewmembers were granted scheduled leaves to spend time with their relatives. Throughout the deployment, 3 boys and 2 girls were born in the families of the ship’s sailors.

The crew was congratulated on the arrival by Vice Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, the Northern Fleet Commander. He appreciated the crewmen’s contribution in fighting of international terrorism, their professionalism and excellent naval skills.