The patrol ship Vasily Bykov has entered the Mediterranean Sea where it will hold drills as part of the Russian Squadron with the navies of some Southern Mediterranean countries, a source in the Crimean defense circles told TASS on Friday, APA reports.
"On Monday, the Vasily Bykov sailed through the Black Sea straits and joined the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean task force. One of the ship’s long-distance deployment missions is to take part in the drills with the ships of two Southern Mediterranean countries," the source specified.
The Vasily Bykov is the Project 22160 lead ship laid down at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in the Volga area in 2014 and made operational in the Russian Navy in 2018 after its construction was completed at the Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch. The patrol ship was designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation).
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet currently operates two Project 22160 ships, the Vasily Bykov and the Dmitry Rogachev.