Russian warship visits Algeria


A detachment of ships of the Russian navy’s Northern Fleet have concluded a visit to Algeria.

The vessels, led by the frigate Admiral Kasatonov, completed a ‘business call’ at the port city of Algiers on 20 January, the Russian Ministry of Defence said. The frigate was accompanied by the ocean rescue tug Nikolay Chiker.

In the future, a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet will continue to move along the Mediterranean Sea in an easterly direction.

During the visit, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Algerian People’s Democratic Republic Igor Belyaev met with Russian sailors.

The day before, on 19 January, the Russian military delegation also made a protocol visit to the command of the Central Naval Region of the Algerian Navy.

During their stay in the foreign port, the frigate and the rescue tug of the Northern Fleet replenished supplies of fresh water and food, and the sailors were given time to rest.

For the crew of the frigate, this is the first visit to a foreign port since the beginning of the campaign. In the future, it will make several more business calls to the ports of the Mediterranean region, the Russian MoD said.

The Russian ship visits Algeria and other countries in order to maintain international naval cooperation.

The long voyage of the frigate Admiral Kasatonov continues from 30 December 2020. During this time, the ship has travelled more than 4 000 nautical miles.

Admiral Kasatonov is a Russian multi-purpose Project 22350 frigate assigned to the Northern Fleet missile ships division, the largest formation of surface ships of the Russian Navy, which currently includes two frigates of this project.