June 18, 2024, 13:51

Enemy submarines now patrolling Black Sea, says Ukrainian Navy spokesman

Currently, three submarine carriers are deployed on duty in the Black Sea on a rotating basis. This strategy appears to be a decision by the new leadership of so-called russia’s Black Sea Fleet to ensure continued presence in the area, supplementing their aviation capabilities. 

This was reported by Dmytro Pletenchuk, Spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy, at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“In the Black Sea, the enemy has opted to represent itself with submarines. The Black Sea Fleet possesses seven submarines, six of which are equipped to carry cruise missiles,” Pletenchuk said. “Of these six, two were outside the Azov-Black Sea region at the start of the full-scale invasion and could not return. They are likely now in St. Petersburg for maintenance at the plant where they were built. Of the remaining four, one was destroyed—the Rostov-on-Don—hit by the Air Force during an attack on the large landing ship Minsk. This strike took out both the Minsk and the submarine.” Pletenchuk further noted, “Of the three submarines that remain active, one is probably undergoing maintenance and thus not operational—this is an assumption. Therefore, only two missile carriers are currently at sea, one of which is the 636-1 Varshavianka-class submarine.”

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