Military Capabilities

Russian defence chief updates on Russian naval improvements

15 November 2017

The tempo of Russian Federation Navy operations worldwide has significantly increased over the past five years, Russia’s armed forces chief General Valery Gerasimov has said.

Briefing a Russian Ministry of Defence board meeting on naval developments covering the 2013-2017 timeframe on 7 November, Gen Gerasimov, Russian chief of defence staff and first deputy defence minister, said that the navy carried out 672 missions during the five-year period, including 36 in the Arctic region and 22 in areas affected by pirate attacks.

In 2017 alone, the navy conducted 139 deployments, setting a record for the five-year period, he said. More than 650 visits to foreign ports were conducted over the same period.

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