Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions.
The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Support Department, was made during a ceremony at Severomorsk naval base, near Murmansk, on 21 January to mark the handing over of the first Project 23130 tanker, Akademik Pashin , to the Northern Fleet.
Speaking to the MoD’s in-house Zvezda television network during the event, he said, “With regard to the prospects [for] these vessels, in 2019 the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation decided to build five more tankers of this [class].”
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