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Russian Navy establishes new Azov Naval District with headquarters in occupied Mariupol – UK Intelligence

In establishing a new naval district commanding eight warships, Russia aims to establish an alternative military resupply option if the land routes are disrupted, the UK intelligence says.

On 1 July 2023, the Russian Navy established a new Azov Naval District, headquartered in the occupied Ukrainian port city of Mariupol,” the UK intelligence reports in its daily update.

According to UK Defense Intelligence, subordinate to the Black Sea Fleet (BSF), Azov Naval district will reportedly command eight warships including three modern, Karakurt class corvettes which can launch SS-N-30A Kalibr cruise missiles.

“The Azov Sea is a vital maritime area for Russia because it links its inland waterways to international maritime routes. In the context of the war, it also offers an alternative military resupply option should Russia’s over-land routes to southern Ukraine be disrupted.

The Azov Naval District will likely focus on supporting logistical and counter-partisan tasks, freeing up the main BSF to concentrate on long range strike operations and projecting maritime power further abroad.”

 

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