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Russian Navy warships to participate in naval exercise with Algeria


According to information published by the Russian Ministry of Defense on November 13, 2021, detachment of ships of the Black Sea Fleet consisting of the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, the patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev and the rescue tugboat SB-742 arrived at the port of Algeria to participate in Joint naval maneuvers 2021 international exercise with the ships of the Navy of the Algerian People's Democratic Republic.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev (Picture source: Russian Ministry of Defense)


The exercise will last till November 20. During the onshore phase, the crews of the Russian and Algerian ships will conduct communication exercises, briefings on episodes of joint actions, train inspection teams, hold a demonstration damage control exercise and a pre-voyage conference before the naval phase of the exercise.

The purpose of the exercise is to practice joint actions of the navies of the two countries, to strengthen security in the region. The main objectives of the exercise were the development of Russian-Algerian military cooperation, the exchange of experience between the fleets in the performance of specific tasks, the planning, and the coordination of joint naval training activities.

In accordance with the protocol agreed by the parties, the exercise is led by a representative of the Algerian Navy - the commander of the Central Region of the Algerian Navy, Rear Admiral Qaid Nordin. Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov, commander of the Novorossiysk naval base of the Black Sea Fleet, was appointed as the head of the exercise from the Russian side.

From the Algerian Navy, the following are taking part in the exercise: the frigate Erradi with a helicopter onboard, the training ship La Summam, the rescue ship al-Munjid, a patrol aircraft, and a search and rescue helicopter.

The Erradi is a MEKO A-200AN frigate built for the Algerian Navy by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, that was launched on December 5, 2014. The ship has a length of 118 m (387 ft), a beam of 14.8 m (49 ft), and a draught of 4,3 m (14 ft). She can reach a top speed of 32 knots (59 km/h) and carry up a crew of 220 sailors.

The MEKO 200 is a frigate design by the Blohm + Voss shipyard of Germany, as part of the MEKO family of warships.