MOSCOW — Russia has reported plans to send a naval force to Syria to protect against the Sunni revolt.
The Russian Navy was said to be planning to sail two amphibious assault ships to the Syrian port of Tartous.
Interfax said the two Russian Navy ships would contain what was termed a large group of marines. Tsezar Kunikov was designed to transport 150 troops and main battle tanks. The Nikolai Filchenkov was said to be able to transport up to 1,500 tons of equipment.
“The crews of the Nikolai Filchenkov and the Tsezar Kunikov and SB-15 rescue tug together with marines on board are able to ensure security of Russian nationals and evacuate part of the property of the logistical support base if need be,” a Russian source told Interfax.
Full article: Russia to deploy amphibious assault ships to protect nationals in Syria (World Tribune)