Border Watch: Ships on the horizon

Latvia's armed forces recorded the presence of Russian navy ships not far from Latvian territorial waters March 3.

The training ship "Smolny" and a Steregushchiy class frigate were both recorded inside Latvia's exclusive economic zone but 14.5 and 10 nautical miles respectively from the sea border.

The preceding ID was on March 1 when another ship of the Steregushchiy class was spotted just over 3 nautical miles from the sea border -- though that one was designated a corvette, not a frigate. As this article explains, both appelations can be given to this type of vessel, which is one of the most flexible and modern in the Russian fleet.

Some details of this class of vessel are given in the video below.

 

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