Report: Chinese, Russian warships and Marines heading to Syrian waters
As the American naval presence off the coast of Syria awaits for potential orders to launch an attack on the civil war ravaged nation, the Yanks aren't the only ones beefing up their respective armadas, as reported by the Madras, India based TheHindu.com on Sept. 5, 2013 and the Russian-language news aggregateTelegrafist.org (The Telegrapher) on Sept. 4, 2013.
The pride of the Russian Fleet, the battle cruiser RFS (Russian Federation Ship) Moskva will also pull double-duty as the command and control flagship for the task force.
The RFS Moskva will be joined by a destroyer fromRussia's Baltic fleet and a frigate from the Black Sea fleet.
According to Russia's Interfax news agency, the battle cruiser Moskva is heading to the Gibraltar Straits, and in approximately 10 days it will enter the east Mediterranean, where it will take command of the Russian ships already on station.
Russia is also sending a reconnaissance ship to the region, which reportedly would operate separately from the main naval flotilla.
Unconfirmed by Western media, the Russian news aggregate Telagrafist is citing various sources that the Chinese amphibious assault warship, the CNS (Chinese Navy Ship) Jing Gangshan is heading towards the eastern Mediterranean potential powder keg to "observe" American and Russian warships.
However, the Kenyan news portal CoastWeek.com via Google News reported on Aug. 27, 2013 that theJing Gangshan is currently steaming in the Gulf of Aden pulling pirate escort duty for commercial shipping.
Unreleased to the Western media, it is unknown if or how many Chinese Marines are embarked aboard theJing Gangshan, but she is designed to transport upwards of 1,000 Marines and their equipment.
From the Gulf of Aden to the eastern Mediterranean waters takes approximately five days sailing time.